Valentines for the Teacher|
1908 through the 30's
The first valentine shown here is one sent by the teacher to her students. Tied with a cord at the top, it opens to reveal Thoughts for Remembrance, which include such pearls of wisdom as "If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old."(Lord Chesterfield) and "'Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined." (Pope)
The rest of the cards shown here are the kind a student would give to his teacher. Many of them open and include sweet verses. The one showing the girl painting the teacher's picture says, "I love my school. I love my work. I love my classmates, too. But best of all, dear teacher, I LOVE YOU." The boy carrying his books with the bookstrap was more succinct and, like most men, somewhat less demonstrative, saying, "I think you're O.K."