Saturday, February 13, 2016

Vellum and Ribbon

The scrapbook of my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh is a testimonial to the loving relationship she had with her adult children. Here are some of her Valentines.

Valentine from Catherine and Steve Barany
From her daughter and son-in-law
Catherine and Steve Barany
Valentine from Catherine and Steve Barany
Our gift to you
Is a gift of love
That shall last
To the longest day.
It won't wear out
And it can't be lost,
And it can't be
Given away.

Valentine from Catherine Barany
From her daughter Catherine
Inside Valentine from Catherine Barany
A greeting of affection
Just for YOU alone,
The best and dearest Mother
That the world has ever known,
So considerate of others,
Kind and loving as can be,
And I'm happy just in knowing
That YOU belong to me.

Cards from the 1920s and 1930s with their crisp vellum paper, satin ribbons, and bits of glitter say “I love you” in the most charming way.

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