HISTORY OF SAILORS' VALENTINES
The Story of Sailor’s Valentines evokes romance – majestic sailing ships and long sea voyages, adventures in the new world, and daydreams of loved ones across wide oceans.
Idle hours aboard whaling ships in the 1800’s was thought to be the time and place for crafting Sailor’s Valentines. However the creation of Valentines was actually a cottage industry on the island of Barbados. Once a stopping point on long sea voyages, sailors happily ordered and/or purchased a Valentine to bring home a present to a family member or loved one.