What’s in Mrs. Hale’s Receipt for the Millions 1857?
2703. Love’s Telegraph.–If a gentleman wants a wife, he wears a ring on the first finger of the left hand; if he is engaged, he wears it on the second finger; if married, on the third; and on the fourth, if he never intends to be married.
Huh? I never knew that.
We sometimes forget that celebrating Valentine’s Day goes back a ways. It seems to have become quite popular by the 1850s in the form of posters and cards.
Of course, sentiment reigns♥♥
There are poems:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)
There are puns:
What is the difference between an accepted and rejected lover?
~One kisses his missus, the other misses his kisses. Harper, 1857
1856 ad from the Alta California in San Francisco. Apparently it was a leap year.