Monday, February 02, 2015

The Vintage Mechanical Valentine

Vintage valentines come in all shapes and sizes and have a long history in both Europe and America. One interesting type of vintage valentine is the mechanical valentine, a paper valentine made with moving parts.  Movement in these little works of art were created with small grommets, paper wheels, and strings. 

A few years ago, Martha Stewart had paper engineer Robert Sabuda on her show where he showed and demonstrated a lovely collection of mechanical valentines.  If you love Valentines or paper arts, this video is definitely worth a watch:

The Mercantile Flea Market has a beautiful selection of valentines this month including a couple of sets of mechanical valentines.

This set below is now sold out:
Whimsical Mechanical Valentines

This set is still available:
Moving Eye Valentines : German Made

This month's Flea Market has other beautiful Valentine Card sets for sale, too.  Check out our new merchandise and have a sweet piece of Valentine history of your own!
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Katey said...

I bought many from a wonderful vendor last year on the WLYS on signal mountain. I stood there with my dad going through them for an hour I'm sure. So precious. I loved the video. Wow they were incredible. Thanks for sharing that! Katey

Cheryl Porada said...

Loved the video...thank you so much for sharing it!