Valentine’s Day card collection provides ‘flashback to the past’

PLAINVILLE – Most people look forward to December and getting out their holiday decorations.

Plainville resident Joyce Goldberg, on the other hand, actually looks forward to putting her Christmas decorations away.

That’s because, in January, her beloved, vintage Valentine’s Day cards come out.

Goldberg will share and discuss her treasured collection of more than 200 cards during a free program on Monday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – at the Plainville Senior Center. The program begins at 10 a.m. 

A press release announcing the event says Goldberg’s oldest card dates back to 1916. It was given to her mother, who was just a baby then.

“It’s not the prettiest,” said Goldberg, “but it’s very, very special. It even has scribbled crayon on it from my mother as a child. When people see it, it just strikes a chord with them because of how old it is.”

Goldberg’s favorite Valentine’s cards are ones with moving parts that she received as a child. One depicts a girl with an umbrella. Another shows a mail-delivery person placing a Valentine’s Day card into a mailbox.

“I’m 70 now, so my memory isn’t as good as it used to be,” Goldberg said. “But when I look at my old Valentine’s, that little face of the classmate who gave me the Valentine comes right back to me. It’s a flashback to the past, and so very sweet. They are my history.”

To register for the Feb. 14 program, call the Plainville Senior Center at 860-747-5728.


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