MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - What does a valentine from 1864 look like and what would someone living during the Civil War say to his sweetheart on Valentine's Day?
Those questions can be explored during a one-day showing of antique valentines at the Belle Boyd House in Martinsburg, W.Va.
The Berkeley County Historical Society has a collection of valentines reaching from the years before the Civil War through 1935. Many of the valentines are part of a collection owned by David W. Thomas, a lifelong collector.
The valentines are found in postcard form and in elaborate cards with lace cutouts, forget-me-not flowers and honeycomb designs, says Don Wood, president of the historical society. The cards give people a glimpse of society from decades and centuries past and a look at how people courted each other.