The Season for Love

About the exhibition

The Season for Love was a small exhibition shown in the Proscholium cases in February 2010. In addition to showcasing a range of choice valentines from the John Johnson Collection, it contained items relating to the making of valentines, including a tinseller’s stock book, a paint box and a copper plate with vignettes of cupids.

Ephemera give us fascinating insights into the lives of our predecessors and are increasingly recognized as essential primary source for scholarly research. The current selection of valentines on display at the Bodleian is a good example of the rich source of information that ephemera can offer to social historians and researchers.

- Julie Anne Lambert, Librarian of the John Johnson Collection -


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