Lovers Exchanging Valentine’s Day Cards
I found this lovely vintage European Valentine’s Day card on the website of Miss Mary’s Vintage & Victorian Archive.
The Urban Dictionary notes, “Swallows choose a mate for life, and will only nest with that bird and no other. Also, they carry a message of hope, when sailors saw a swallow, they knew that land was near.”
Images of swallows have been popular tattoos. The following comes from the RattaTattoo post, “The Love and Loyalty of Swallow Tattoos.”
“Because the swallow always returns each year, this bird can be a symbol of loyalty and love. The association of all bird tattoos with the freedom of flight can be added to the meaning of a swallow tattoo, creating a visual representation of the saying, ‘If you love someone, set them free. If they love you, they will come back.’”
And with that, I wish everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day!