Happy Valentine’s Day, 2023
Dear Friends and Lovers of All Things
Welcome to Nancy Rosin’s Victorian
Treasury, a unique resource for the collector, historian, or
crafts-person. I am always here to answer your Valentine queries.
An important part of this website has been the popular collage cards I’ve crafted. While I hope to have them available in the future, I regret to say that I do not have them for this holiday season. I do have posters and lovely reproduction fans. I hope to have cards next year!
It is a pleasure to welcome visitors to this site, where we share our passionate obsession, The Valentine! As most of you know, we no longer publish a Newsletter, but we have a very active Facebook page, with more than 1150 members! I urge you to look at the site, National Valentine Collectors Association, and participate. We have a sister-site, National Valentine Collectors Marketplace, where active sales of Valentines take place – check it out! We no longer charge dues, and since there is no longer a quarterly auction, we do allow sales. It has become a fun place, where collectors share the wide range of Valentines, articles, friendship, and yes, sales. Past newsletters may be available for $5. each -- Contact me regarding your specific interest, and availability. Please visit our Facebook page for more posts by members, it was created as a modern, digital alternative, and it has been incredibly satisfying. Many of our members also participate in other groups -- and share their love and expertise.
My own collection has now been placed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. It is a formidable institution, with extensive galleries, collections, and gardens. We are working on an exciting exhibition which will take place in a few years -- and I am honored to have my treasures where they are loved and appreciated!
See the New York Times article: Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say 'I Love You'
A reminder that we have an ongoing Pinterest collaboration with Julie Anne Lambert, Curator of the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library Oxford University, England.
There are pages and pages of Valentine reference materials that are an invaluable addition to the study of Valentines.
Our Pinterest site is www.pinterest.com/johnjohnsoncoll/
Additionally, our member and dear friend, Malcolm Warrington, in London, has an absolutely enchanting website, www.ScrapAlbum.com, which is both beautiful and informative.
I encourage you to visit museums, if possible, read as much as you can about the hobby and the historical periods, and find what is especially intriguing to you online. From the 19th to the 21st centuries, there are Valentines to appeal to everyone. There are ongoing virtual book and paper fairs almost monthly.
Please don't hesitate to contact me -- we have members all around the country who are available for speaking and exhibitions. I invite you to enjoy these pages and wish you a celebration of LOVE every day of the year!
I wish you another year of love, health and joy,
Related sites for Valentine videos and articles are added for your pleasure:
CBS Charles Osgood Sunday Morning, February 13, 2011
Articles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Johannes Joseph Endletzberger: the Fabergé of Greeting Cards
Unpacking a Box of Love
The "Greenaway Vogue": Kate Greenaway's World of Valentines
Valentine's Day and the Romance of Cobwebs