The Friends of Ocoee Historic Preservation have provided items in the new display in the library lobby, featuring vintage valentines and other romantic memorabilia. Cards from different eras show the evolution of the valentine from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. Esther Howland, known as the Mother of American Valentines, was famous for her cards, some of which sold for as much as $50. Fragrant bay leaves were used by unmarried girls in Victorian England who would pin them to their pillows on Valentine’s Day to ensure dreams of their future husbands. The display also includes traditional romantic items like candy hearts printed with messages, red roses, cupids, and white gloves. All items are on loan from the collections of Friends of Ocoee Historic Preservation (FOHP).

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