Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Edge of Seventeen

So, today is the day after Valentine's day. Some of you spent the day in a heart-filled wonderland, others did the whole anti-Valentine's day thing, and yet others, like me, were completely ambivalent to the day. It's not that I dislike Valentine's Day, but the thing is- my husband works out of town during the week, so unless Valentine's Day happens to fall on a weekend, then we really don't celebrate it. Plus, we've been married for 7 years....Valentine's Day is for those in the honeymoon stage still. However, I will be out shopping for discounted chocolates today. Happy Valentine's Day to me:)

But, I really do like the imagery of Valentine's Day. And I LOVE vintage valentines.  And- bear with me, there's a point coming up- a lot of vintage valentines use dove images.

And why not talk about doves? For those of you who are still filled with anti-Valentine's Day rage (and/or hangovers) this will be a calming image for you to focus on.


  • Doves and pigeons? Same thing? Well, in a word, yes. Doves and pigeons are in the same family of Columbidae. And essentially, doves are the smaller variety, pigeons are the larger ones. The common pigeon, aka city rat, is actually a Rock Dove.
  • And to blow your mind further, the typical doves that are released at weddings are usually white Carrier Pigeons....but saying that you are going to release 100 white Carrier Pigeons just doesn't have the same panache, does it?
  • But, White Doves ARE used in magic tricks, mainly because they are smart and not afraid to be in boxes or covered up with a cloth...But I would argue that not being afraid to be put in a box or covered up is the opposite of being smart.
  • Doves, unlike reality stars, are monogamous, which is why they are used on many valentines.
  • The Dove cleansing bar was originally formulated in the 1950's to help treat burn victims. This didn't really bring in the sales that the company wanted, so in the 1970's the company reformulated it and called the product the Dove Beauty Bar. The rest is history.
  • Edge of Seventeen (aka Just Like the White Winged Dove) was written by Stevie Nicks as an expression of mourning over the death of her uncle Jonathan and the murder of John Lennon; both occurred in the same week.
Speaking of doves, here's a necklace. And it's on sale today only. Was $48, now only $40. For 2/15/12,  only What a bargain!


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