PITTSBURG — For many years, Valentine’s Day cards from as early as the 1920s were tucked away in an old scrapbook.
The cards are now on display until Feb. 17 at the Miners Hall Museum. The mini exhibit is free to attend. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
They were safely kept in a scrapbook by Estel Gilmour, who was a teacher then later a principal in the 1920s through late 1950s or early 1960s at the Arma Grade School.
Miners Hall Museum Collections Manager Ron Pommier said the cards most likely came from Gilmour’s students.
Some of the cards have pop out and many have other embellishments.
“They are much more elaborately decorated than the Valentine’s cards you see today,” he said.
Museum Operations Manager Linda Kramer agreed.
“The cards are so cute and old fashioned,” Kramer said. “They bring to mind a time where people were a bit more innocent.”
The cards were donated to the museum by Brenda S. Lentz in memory of Joe “Hookie” Caputo.
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