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Nothing says Romance like Baked Tripe

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.Image


American forces were even issued with booklets of love poems, can could purchase special valentines day items, such as hankies, to send home to their loved one.



How romantic! I think I would have preferred something like this air-force locket…



Do you know of any romantic Valentines stories during wartime? 

About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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  2. Lovely post – thank you! Hope you’ve had a lovely celebration, with or without the tripe! (But lots of chocolate, if you’re a fan.)

    Have been meaning to tell you about another blogger who reads & writes about British women authors. His post from last week reminded me of you, so I’ve referred him over here. Here’s his URL over at his blog, Furrowed Middlebrow ~

    Enjoy your writings & researches immensely – thank you for valentines throughout the year!



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