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0390006408

To My True Love, c1910. American Valentine card. Cupid dances on grass with naturalised Snowdrops and is playing a lyre of Bluebells. Above him are red hearts symbolising love and four-leafed Shamrock for luck. In the language of flowers the Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) stand for Consolation and the Blueball (Scilla noscripta) for Kindness. Shamrock or Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is a symbol of Ireland. The identity of St Valentine is uncertain, the most popular candidates are Valentine, bishop of Terni (3rd century) or a Roman Christian convert martyred c270). St Valentine's Day, celebrated on 14 February, probably replaces the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalia.

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To My True Love, c1910. American Valentine  card.  Cupid dances on grass with naturalised Snowdrops and is playing a lyre of Bluebells. Above him are red hearts symbolising love and four-leafed Shamrock for luck.  In the language of flowers the Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) stand for Consolation and the Blueball (Scilla noscripta) for Kindness.  Shamrock or Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is a symbol of Ireland.  The identity of St Valentine is uncertain, the most popular candidates are Valentine, bishop of Terni (3rd century) or a Roman Christian convert martyred c270).  St Valentine's Day, celebrated on 14 February, probably replaces the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalia.