You might have missed Santes Dwynwen day, but it’s still not too late to express your love by sending a romantic card on Valentine’s Day.

Archives and Special Collections, Bangor University, have this example of a Valentine Card from the 19th century which can be found amongst the Wynn Hall Manuscripts.

Paper Valentines became popular in the early part of that century. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century.

‘Valentine Card (16th February 1875) addressed to Miss Lydia Kenrick in Rhyl.’

Here are the words that appear on the card :

Good Wishes 

Oh! may thy way through life 

Be like the Summer tides, 

On which the white-winged lark 

With tranquil motion glides, 

May every joy be gained, 

An every hope fulfilled, 

As gains the bark her port 

When stormy winds  

are stilled  

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