It’s 2016, whoo hoo! I know I’m a little late to the party but have tons vintage images to share for the new year. I recently went back to school for marketing, and I’m pretty excited about it, but getting back into the homework grind has been a serious time-sucking challenge. But without further ado, it’s time for us to celebrate the next great crafting holiday on the horizon, VALENTINE’S DAY.
Okay, I love Valentine’s Day. Not for the whole couple aspect because I get embarrassed easily by that stuff (TMI?), but for all the fun crafting projects honestly. Every year, I see a lot of unique and creative vintage-themed Valentines on Pinterest. This year, I kinda like the idea of blending more lush green tones with traditional pinks and reds. What do you think? The following collection of free vintage valentines day illustrations have been scanned and slightly edited from my own personal collection at home, so you can incorporate them into your own magnificent valentines this year for friends and family. You may also want to consider turning these images into your own coloring book, digitally printed napkins and placemats, postcards, invitations, blog post images, and more creative projects. Need some fascinating Valentine’s Day facts for your school lesson, projects, or book? Don’t forget to check out the fun facts below!
Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day
- Roughly 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged a year, making Valentine’s Day the biggest greeting card holiday after Christmas
- The Catholic Church has recognized three different saints over the years with the “Valentine” name – all of them were martyred
- Some believe that “Valentine” (the main valentine that Valentine’s Day was inspired by) may have been a priest during Rome’s 3rd century. Then Emperor Claudius II made marriage illegal for single young men because it was believed that they would make much better soldiers than men who’re married with children. Valentine, in protest, still performed marriage ceremonies for young men who wished to marry. Once Valentine was caught, Claudius sentenced him to death, making Valentine an important martyr.
- There are other stories that suggest Valentine wasn’t put to death for performing marriage ceremonies, but for helping Christians escape brutal Roman prisons. According to this version of Saint Valentine’s story, Valentine, who was imprisoned himself, was the first person to send a “valentine” after falling for the prison ward’s daughter. Legend tells that this first valentine contained the words, “From your Valentine.”
- The legends surround Valentine made him an extremely popular saint, as he stood for such powerful and resonating themes as love and heroism. In fact, by the middle ages, he had already become the most popular saint in France and England.
These images were scanned and edited from my own personal collection of vintage Valentine’s Day illustrations from home. You may use these images in your personal and commercial craft projects without permission. Please link back to this site is if you’re posting these images on your website or blog, social media, or any other web page.
This post is the first of a series of upcoming vintage valentine’s day images for you to use. I’m working on uploading and curating more, so stay tuned for more awesome antique finds!