were the topic of the day.
Carol's friend, Corey,
graciously shared her extensive,
beautiful collection of sentimental mementos
that she inherited from her Grandmother Ruth.
Grandmother Ruth's collection began when she was
a young child in the early 1900s, and her Uncle Ed
would send her special valentines.
Some of Ruth's collection dates to the 1800s
and are quite large and heavy.
Satin ribbon and three
dimensional details were a
significant theme for the early ones.
Delicate layers of cut paper doilies
and beautiful images were the focus on others.
Many opened up in "pop-up" form,
and some had tissuepaper honeycomb embellishments.
The mechanical ones were adorable
with their roaming eyes and movable parts.
It was an honor
to see this incredible collection with
its endearing personal story.
"If you don't love my dog
then you needn't love me!"