What Happened to Valentines?
February 03, 2005
When I was a kid I got really cute valentines. 60's ones still had some art and style to them. My wife's keepsakes from the 70's are looking a little disco/TV, but she says some of them are nice.
What about valentines today? For our kids?
THEY'RE CHEAP GENERIC CORPORATE IMAGE PUNCHOUTS!!!
They don't even make good ones anymore.
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Pity the poor children.
I don't think they even say "Be mine" anymore---they only express a noncommital sentiment for another day of spending.
Pity us all.
We have a few REALLY nice OLD valentines around here. Most have fold-outs and moving pieces. Great ink colors. Quality paper stock. Why not.
Today, computers would let anyone design a valentine with any kind of complexity, color, affect or art. There are jillions of paper and material stocks to create with. Die-cutting is an automated breeze---not handwork like back then. You COULD see better ones today and they'd cost less. But nooooo we have trashy ones for a trashy world. Oh well. Another casualty.
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