Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — Pauline's Antiques, providing the finest antiques in Alameda, focused on antique and vintage Valentine’s Day items during this year’s holiday.
Given the popularity of mass-produced and handmade Valentine’s Day items that have been gifted since the early 1800s, this commercialized holiday has become one of the most collected due to a recipient’s habit of saving these perishable tokens of affection. This creates a boon for today’s collector.
"The history of Valentine’s Day dates back from the ancient Roman fertility festival celebrated every Feb. 14 of each year," Michelle Kelley of Pauline's Antiques said. "In the fifth century, the Roman Catholic Church adapted Feb. 14 as the feast date of St. Valentine, a martyred priest who performed marriages despite a ban on marriages imposed at that time."
One interesting aspect of the legend of St. Valentine is that he was martyred on Feb. 14. It was not, however, until a thousand years later that people began to associate love with St. Valentine’s Day, according to http://www.go-star.com. At first, non-poetic types hired poets to craft love letters for their sweethearts, but by the late-18th century, printers began producing the modern precursor to today’s greeting card. By the mid-19th century, the commercialization of the venerable holiday was in full swing, and the printed Valentine’s Day card all but usurped handwritten letters.
The traditional Valentine comes in many shapes and sizes; from delicate laced paper folding cards to intricate geometric assemblage of sea shells, framed behind glass. One may find Victorian three-dimensional, die-cut chromolithograph from the 1890's; German Honeycomb Paper-Puff from 1910; or handmade Valentine’s Day cards from famous people.
When it comes to scouring for unique antique collectables in Alameda, Pauline's Antiques is the perfect venue. The store features an array of antique items, including everything from paintings and knick-knacks to vintage clothing and hardware. Serving its Alameda clientele for more than 50 years, the company specializes in exceptional customer service, unique collections and reasonable pricing.
For more information about any of Pauline's Antiques' products or services, call 510-523-9941 or view the antique company on the web at http://www.paulinesantiques.com. Pauline's Antiques is located at 1427 Park St. in Alameda.
About Pauline's Antiques
Pauline's Antiques provides the finest antiques in Alameda and high-quality services, such as appraisals, consignments, estate purchases, estate sales and prop rentals. Pauline's Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.