Stationery and novelties

Happy Valentine’s Day from 1909

In 1909, Vancouver bookseller Norman Caple advertised the many items he had in stock for “lovers as of yore,” friends, and parents who wanted to pick up some “tokens of love and gifts of affection” for Valentines Day. Available were not only valentine cards, but also gift books, valentine tally cards, decorations, table napkins, domino… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day from 1909

Stationery and novelties

Valentines! Valentines!

Not unlike the bookstores of today, booksellers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries supplemented their book, magazine, and newspaper offerings with a wide assortment of stationery and “fancy goods,” such as leather products, toys, home decor items, novelties, giftware, and greeting cards. In the last category, Valentine’s Day presented a major opportunity to… Continue reading Valentines! Valentines!