Lord Coutanche Library

St Valentine's Day

The tradition of sending often anonymous cards for St Valentine's Day became popular in Victorian times, and the Lord Coutanche Library holds around 20 cards in the collection.

Many are multimedia – assembled with embossed card, tinted figures, paper lace, artificial flowers, and in one case, dried grass.  The most intricate ones were originally posted in custom-made boxes, as they were quite delicate and fragile. 

One featured above folded into itself and was sent to Osborne Capel Powell to an address in Islington, London.  Osborne later went on to become a doctor, and lived in St Helier for many years and dying in his eighties in 1924. His local legacy extends beyond this card, for in his will he left the sum of £50 to the Société Jersiaise.  His portrait was painted by Richard G. Crawford and is held in the Art collection.

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