Happy Valentines Day all!
Valentine’s Day was making a resurgence in Australia in the late 1930s – magazines from the time often featured ideas for Valentines day recipes or parties, while remarking upon how brief valentine day sentiments had become. This article from February 1938 (Australian Women’s Weekly).
This collection of valentines day cards is from the 1930s – and do show brief messages such as “Will you run about with me?” and “I’m flighty over you”.
This article is from February 1939 (AWW again, and yes it features baked tripe).
After war broke out in September 1939 there was not much talk of Valentines Day in Australia until the 1950s. It was still a popular holiday in the US though, I believe, and vintage valentine day cards can still be found. This one is available on Etsy.
How romantic! I think I would have preferred something like this air-force locket…
Do you know of any romantic Valentines stories during wartime?