Thursday, February 3, 2011

History of Valentine's Day in the United States

Ever wonder how Valentine's Day came to be in the United States?

Some historians believe that Valentine's Day traces it origins back to an ancient Roman priest named Valentine who performed secret marriages in defiance of Roman Emperior Claudius II who had forbade marriages of young single men.

It is thought that Valentine's Day was brought to the United States in the 19th century by British settlers with the first mass-produced cards being available shortly after 1847.

Special occasion dates and men giving romantic gifts to women became popular in the second half of the 20th Century. Red and pink roses were a popular gift and those colors are closely associated with the holiday.

Valentine's Day dinner and dance parties are held all over the country to celebrate the occasion. Many couples choose to hold private celebrations in homes or restaurants, making Valentine's Day a major date night.

The Reflections of Vintage are pleased to offer a selection of three beautiful dresses perfect for a dinner and dancing date, an exquisite romantic 30s rayon nightgown, and an Italian straw handbag, and adorable 30s tilt hat which are perfect Valentine gifts.

Vintage REMBRANDT Pink Silk Peau de Soie Slipper Satin Full Skirted Party Dress Trimmed with Lace -- Size S - M from CATSEYE VINTAGE

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Vintage MINT Lovely Vintage 1940s Weisman Pink Rayon Bias Cut Nightgown B 36 from AFTER DARK VINTAGE

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Vintage 70s Designer Mollie Parnis Morty Sussman Silk Wrap Dress, Med from VINTAGE BAUBLES TOO

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Vintage 40s Deep Scarlet Red Rayon Crepe Cocktail Dress with 3-D Hand Beaded Ribbon Embellishment - Size M to L from CATSEYE VINTAGE

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Vintage Pink Beaded Italian Handbag Purse by Simon from AFTER DARK VINTAGE

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Vintage 40s Pink/Mauve Straw Tilt Hat, Floral Accent from VINTAGE BAUBLES TOO

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