Santa Monica History Museum displays antique Valentines

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Love is certainly in the air at the Santa Monica History Museum.


Throughout the month of love the museum, located at 1350 7th St., will display a special exhibition of antique Valentine’s Day cards dating back as far as the late 19th century.


Exchanging gifts and notes in celebration of Valentine’s Day became common in the mid-18th century with mass-produced cards available for the first time in the United States in the early 1830s. Hallmark Cards produced their first Valentine’s Day card in 1913 and today it is estimated that nearly 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.


Join as the museum celebrates this holiday centered on love and affection and to trace the history of sending sentiment from its hand-made origins through its lacy traditions to its place as a modern-day commercial powerhouse.


The museum is offering free admission on Thursday, Feb. 11 so there’s no excuse not to go.


In addition to this lovely display of vintage Valentine’s Day cards, the Santa Monica History Museum invites you to visit the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica and a special exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aero Theater also on display during the month of February.

Make Your Own


If the exhibit inspires you to make your own Valentine’s Day cards, then hop on over to the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club on Saturday, Feb. 6 and you can clip, paste and pen your way into someone’s heart. The club, located on 4th Street just south of Wilshire Blvd., will provide all the art supplies and lessons on making crocheted yarn hearts, Scandinavian paper hearts and heart mobiles.


There will be music and refreshments. This event is open to all ages.


For more information, call 310.395.1308.