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Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Creator: W. Momberger
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Kress Department Store, Iola, Kansas

Kress Department Store, Iola, Kansas
Date: Between 1920s and 1930s
This black and white photograph shows a window display of Valentine's Day cards and candy at the Kress Department Store at Seventh and South Jefferson Street in Iola, Kansas.


Valentine's Day postcard

Valentine's Day postcard
Creator: H. Wessler
Date: 1910
This is a Valentine postcard. Reverse side reads "Valentine Greetings. Give me your love, - say you'll be mine - Accept from me, this Valentine" with an image of two people exchanging Valentine cards. This Valentine was sent to Master Joe Cochran of Silver Lake, Kansas from his friend Harry Retter, postmarked February 13. Copyrighted 1910 by H. Wessler.


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