Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Did you receive a Valentines card today?  Whether you were inundated with messages from admirers or not, we thought you’d like to see this rather sweet little Valentines telegram which probably dates from the 1940s or 50s.

Valentine's telegram, Charles Hasler Collection
Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

This image particularly appeals to me because it shows a kind of weather house that reminds me of one that my grandparents had when I was a kid.  We were always fascinated by the way the man popped out with his umbrella when it was due to rain, and the lady in her summer dress when it was likely to be sunny.  (Apparently this works by means of a gut string which reacts to changes in humidity in the air, but when I was younger, it simply seemed like ‘magic’).

The only thing is that since the man and woman are at either end of a swinging bar, they never actually get to meet!  But then again, the course of love never did run true…

You can see more cards and other objects from our ephemera collection on our website by clicking here.

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