Many stories from this period focus on how to avoid "vulgarity" and bad taste on Valentine's Day. One story in particular, "Softest of Saints: How to Celebrate St. Valentine's Day in Proper Style" (2/14/1889) laments the state of paper valentines:
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With Valentine's Day approaching, Des Plaines Public Library decided to use our online archive of the Chicago Tribune to see what people in the past thought about the holiday.