Stationery and novelties

Happy Valentine’s Day from 1909

(Province, February 11, 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 masks, and other types of masks.

Here’s a bit more about how early BC booksellers boosted their business catering to customers who wanted to show a little love on February 14.


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