Valentines from the 1950s from the author’s collection.
I still love, with a great dose of nostalgia, the cheap little kids’ greeting cards that we exchanged in elementary classes each Valentine’s Day back in the 1950s. The pack of 24 cards was more than enough to have one for every classmate. It was with a great deal of anxiety that I decided which card to give each little girl. I did not want to make the ones I was not so fond of think I was fond of them. And of course that special card was for that special cute pigtailed, big-eyed girl. All of the cards would be put in a big cardboard box that served as a sort of mailbox for the class. The box would be covered in red paper with white lace or other decorations. My parents even made a heart-shaped one for my big sister’s class to use. It was so popular it got used for many years. We would all put our cards in the box as soon as we got to school and then had to wait all day for the mail to be delivered.
About an hour before school was over the teacher would pass out the cards. Upon opening the cards, the boys would moan, groan, turn red and get mad when other boys teased them. The girls would smile, squeal, giggle, make ugly faces or, if you were really lucky, turn and flutter their eyes at you. If they blew you a kiss the whole room would erupt in a roar. Then it was time for punch and cookies and those little candy sweet hearts with messages on them. These too got passed around and given in an impromptu fashion as cards. Of course you could get razed if you gave an XXO to the wrong person. But no harm was done since the evidence was quickly eaten.
If you would like to enjoy some nostalgia or learn more about American, Texas or Cypress history, visit Commissioner Steve Radack’s Cypress Top Historic Park at 26026 Hempstead Highway, open daily from dawn to 7 p.m. The museum buildings are open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To arrange a special tour, contact the park at 281-357-5324 or email@example.com. The Cypress Historical Society is housed in the California Poppy yellow train depot in the back of the park; its hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. The society has a treasure trove of genealogy information and historical information for the greater Cypress area. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-758-0083. If you have questions or comments about this article, contact Fred Collins at email@example.com.
Valentine’s Day Cards
Historical facts courtesy of Cypress Top Historic Park Collection & Cypress Historical Society: Preserving Cypress History for Posterity.