Valentine's Day Advice From History

Need Valentine's Day advice? Look back in history for inspiration. Discover how our collection can guide your special day.
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a woman in a red dress holding an umbrella next to a sign that says florida water and perfumes
SOVA: Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives
Perfume is a nice gift for your Valentine. This 1881 advertisement in our collection is selling “the sweetest, the richest, the most delicate, the most lasting” perfume.
two white gloves on a black background
Marilyn Monroe
Dress to impress this Valentine's Day. This seductive accessory belonged to Marilyn Monroe.
You can't go wrong with a nice massage or back rub for Valentine's Day. Nineteenth century physician John Bell recommended a cold foot bath in this "foot tub" to relieve headaches. You may want to go with warm water instead. Back Rubs, John Bell, How To Relieve Headaches, Foot Bath, Headache, Warm Water, Cold Water, 19th Century, Massage
1840 - 1880 Foot Tub
You can't go wrong with a nice massage or back rub for Valentine's Day. Nineteenth century physician John Bell recommended a cold foot bath in this "foot tub" to relieve headaches. You may want to go with warm water instead.
two boxes of chewing gum sitting next to each other on a gray surface with one box open and the other closed
Crane's Laxative Mint Chewing Gum
Before the big date, make sure your breath smells as fresh as can be. We don't necessarily recommend this type of gum from around 1925, though.
an old fashioned wooden bucket with a hammer in it and a basket on the floor
Wine Press
Who doesn't like to be wined and dined? This wine press was purchased by Italian immigrants to the U.S. for home production of wine in 1902.
the wizard of oz album cover with an image of two men and one woman on it
SOVA: Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives
Dinner and a movie, a classic Valentine date. This sheet music from "The Wizard of Oz" is part of our Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music in the museum's Archive's Center.
a button with the word i love ada written in black and red on it
button,I heart ADA
Is your Valentine passionate for a good cause? This pin in our collection professes love for the Americans with Disabilities Act
a woman sitting on top of a wooden chair in front of a poster for kiss me
“Kiss Me, My Honey Kiss Me”
’Kiss me, My Honey Kiss Me’ is a popular Irving Berlin song from the 1910s. Sing it to your valentine this year.
two metal fish shaped tags on a black background
Lobster-shaped chocolate mold
Don’t you wish your Valentine would give you chocolate this year? Would you take your treat in the shape of lobster? This 1950s lobster shaped chocolate was considered an intricate design.
a bouquet of pink and green flowers on top of a white table with chocolate covered strawberries
Celluloid Post Card
Want to make your own Valentine’s this year? Check out this 1908 French pop-up card. When you pull the ribbon, the butterflies move up and down.
an old pair of shoes sitting on top of a white floor
Tapping young talent
For Valentine’s Day, put on your dancing shoes and take a spin around the floor. These tap shoes were the first pair owned by jazz singer and choreographer Maurice Hines.
an open recipe book with pictures of cakes and desserts on the pages in it
Recipe of the Week: Julia Child's Reine de Saba cake
Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. Make your special someone one of Julia Child’s recipes, Reine de Saba, or Queen of Sheba cake. Child made this cake on her 100th episode.
two pictures of the moon taken from an old time radio show, with caption in red and black
Victorian-era photographs...of the moon? In 3-D?!
Is a moonlit stroll on your Valentine agenda? Check out our Victorian era 3D picture created by Henry Draper, the son of the first person to photograph the moon.
Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Jackie O loved pearls, too. Coco Chanel, who designed the necklace, believed the clasp was important to the design. This clasp has an art deco design and 14 Swarovski crystals. Gifts For History Lovers, Lee Bouvier, Elegant Presentation, Smithsonian Museum, Pearl Love, Signature Necklace, Fall Fashions, Museum Store, Choker Style
Last-minute gifts for history lovers
Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Jackie O loved pearls, too. Coco Chanel, who designed the necklace, believed the clasp was important to the design. This clasp has an art deco design and 14 Swarovski crystals.
an ipod sitting on top of a table
Remembering Steve Jobs
Making a mix tape for your Valentine?Probably not, in today’s world of technology.Try making a playlist on his/her iPod. This 2004 iPod is in our collection.