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Who loves Valentine's Day?

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Who loves Valentine's Day?

Ian Kerr

With 14 February fast approaching, many young lovers are facing a conundrum:

Emoji or Valentine's card?

According to Royal Mail research, 67% of respondents are planning to give a card. Hang on, give a card? Surely posting the card is better! Anyway...

Valentine's Day is an excuse to send a message to your secret love. (Which is nice, as long as it's not a stalking-type relationship.) Royal Mail's survey found that 3% of Valentine's cards would be sent to a secret crush.

Partners and spouses are the top recipients, with 92% of cards destined for other halves. No figures on how many of those cards would be sent out of a crushing feeling of obligation.

More concerning, however, was the finding that 1% of Valentine's cards would be given to pets. Pets. Honestly. Who would give a Valentine's card to their pet? What if your pet was also your secret love?

(No survey has been done of pets' intentions for Valentine's Day.)

Royal Mail's research found that 18% of Valentine's cards will be sent through the mail. First class mail, one hopes. Imagine the feeling of receiving a Valentine's card, sent second class mail.

Oh well. Enjoy these disturbing Valentine's Day cards from the past:

For someone not-so-special in your life...

For someone not-so-special in your life...

These cards showed pictures of Victorian ladies on the front but open up to reveal animal images and spiteful verses. What a time it must have been to be alive.

These cards showed pictures of Victorian ladies on the front but open up to reveal animal images and spiteful verses. What a time it must have been to be alive.

The real question is this: who is the lady at bottom left? She's smiling and waving...

The real question is this: who is the lady at bottom left? She's smiling and waving...

Images from The Postal Museum.

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