Wednesday, February 2, 2011

History of Valentine's Day in the United States

Ever wonder how Valentine's Day came to be in the United States?

Some historians believe that Valentine's Day traces it origins back to an ancient Roman priest named Valentine who performed secret marriages in defiance of Roman Emperior Claudius II who had forbade marriages of young single men.

It is thought that Valentine's Day was brought to the United States in the 19th century by British settlers with the first mass-produced cards being available shortly after 1847.

Special occasion dates and men giving romantic gifts to women became popular in the second half of the 20th Century in the United States. Red and pink roses were a popular gift and those colors are closely associated with the holiday.

These days Valentine's Day dinner and dance parties are held all over the country to celebrate the occasion. Many couples hold private celebrations in homes or restaurants, making Valentine's Day a major date night.

The Reflections of Vintage are pleased to offer a selection of three beautiful dresses perfect for a dinner and dancing date, an exquisite romantic 30s rayon nightgown, the perfect pink Italian straw handbag, and an adorable 30s tilt hat.

Vintage REMBRANDT Pink Silk Peau de Soie Slipper Satin Full Skirted Party Dress Trimmed with Lace -- Size S - M from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage MINT Lovely Vintage 1940s Weisman Pink Rayon Bias Cut Nightgown B 36 from AFTER DARK VINTAGE


Vintage 70s Designer Mollie Parnis Morty Sussman Silk Wrap Dress, Med from VINTAGE BAUBLES TOO


Vintage 50s Red Chiffon Cocktail Party Wiggle Dress with Sheer Fly A Way Panels -- Large from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage Pink Beaded Italian Handbag Purse by Simon from AFTER DARK VINTAGE


Vintage 40s Pink/Mauve Straw Tilt Hat, Floral Accent from VINTAGE BAUBLES TOO


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