Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentines Day

Victorian Valentines Day postcard, Clapsaddle, Cupid with huge hat and doves
Tax season! Is all those refund checks what cause us to be so snuggly. Some couples bah humbug this day...oh it's just another retail day so they can steal your money...OH BAH LOVE BUG! People like that made cupid cry..poor cupid! NO NO NO it is a perfect excuse to fan some flames and warm up things a bit and bring a little romance into your relationship. So I'm encouraging everyone to NOT TEXT, Face Time, Email, fax, telegraph...pony express (((WRITE))) your significant other a Valentine. Try to make it as swirly written cursive as you can manage love letter...or how much you mean to me couldn't hurt. 

 I typed in Google st. valentine's day victorian images and clicked is sooo pretty I have got to make a card NOW to write my letter in! Or I might die! 

So what is Saint Valentines Day to you?

Us ladys must be beautiful and witty too. Below is some historical factuals that hopefuly will enterest you a bit about valentines Day. I know it's blah blah history but it's kinda sweet and interesting history so make yourself read who knows you might get a wrinkle in your brain shaped likea heart.

At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early Martyrologies under date of 14 February.
One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Love being associated with this day is believed to be from the middles ages in France and England during halfway through the second month of the year February 14th birds (fowls) would begin to pair together...awe doesn't that make you want to go out and hug a chicken? This started showing up in poetry.

Chaucer's Parliament of Foules
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre - 1929

One February evening in North Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. With the exception of Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, "Bugs" Moran. Within a few seconds, while staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine's Day history: the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. St. Valentine's Day Massacrethis is a 1929 photo of police reinacting the crime.When the bodies were discovered splattered on the floor of the garage, it seemed at first glance, that not one single person could have survived the force of the attack. However, this proved to be untrue, when one investigator on the scene found Frank Gusenberg lying amongst the bloody corpses, breathing heavily and choking on his own blood. Immediately, the unconscious victim was taken to the hospital where investigators waited with anticipation for their only possible lead to wake up and finger the men who were responsible. Their greatest fear was that he would die before they had the opportunity to question him, but eventually he did wake. When he was asked for the identity of the killer, he simply stated "I'm not gonna talk," before he laid his head back and died. Without Frank Gusenberg's testimony and with only a few eye witnesses outside the garage, the investigators had to return to the scene of the crime and try to piece the murder together with what information they had.
After a re-enactment of the crime, authorities concluded that the two men dressed as policemen entered the garage and acted as if they were police on a routine investigation. The Moran outfit automatically assumed that they were policemen on a routine sting. It was obvious that they didnt suspect anything questionable with the two uniformed killers or they certainly would have never been killed without a fight. But as it was, the mobsters seemed to have cooperated with the costumed officers and consequently let the fake policemen disarm them and force them up against the wall. As soon as their backs were turned, the two men in plain clothes entered with guns and shot them down.

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