When Saint Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage. Despite the emperor's decree, Saint Valentine continued to perform marriages until Claudius finally put him to death. Today, Valentine's Day celebrates Saint Valentine's sacrifice and love's triumph with delicate valentines, bright flowers, and tasty candies. In this exhaustive exploration of Valentine's Day, collector and author Michele Karl showcases over 200 vintage valentines, complete with detailed descriptions, historical anecdotes, and invative recipes. Also included are fun facts, folklore, poems, crafts, and other expressions of love. Lovers of all ages will delight in this book's wealth of information and history behind our most romantic holiday.
Michele Karl experiences withdrawal symptoms if she skips a garage sale. She is an avid collector of dolls, children's books, costume jewelry, Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, and vintage valentines. Her articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including Ebay Magazine and Mary Beth's Bean Bag World. In addition to writing and collecting, Ms. Karl enjoys flying with her husband in their twin-engine Cessna 310. They currently reside in Seymour, Tennessee, with their two children, Mathew and Angela, who have already started their own collections of Pez dispensers, magic wands, and Beanie Babies.