Historic Meaning of Flowers

Historic Meaning of Flowers

Did you know …   Flowers used to contain symbolic meanings. For example, when a man sent a yellow tulip to a lady, she knew it meant he was hopelessly in love with her. Certain flowers had different meanings A secret admirer might send yellow chrysanthemums. Forget-me-nots were a reminder to always remember the one sending them. Pink carnations were a symbol of a mother’s undying love. Different colors of the same flower could mean different things. Red roses were for love while pink roses meant friendship or appreciation. Gardenias, yellow roses, and yellow carnations brought thoughts of joy or cheerfulness. Specific colors have meaning Even the color of flowers took on a specific meaning. A bouquet of purple flowers might celebrate success. Blue...

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Mother of the American Valentine

Did you know … In 1848, Esther Howland’s family owned a large book and stationery story in Worcester, Massachusetts. She asked her father to order lace paper and other supplies. She used paper flowers with the lace paper and colored paper to create beautiful designs for valentines. Her brother, a salesman, took a dozen sample valentines on his next sales trip. People loved the designs It shocked Esther when he returned with advance orders over $5,000. She recruited help from her friends to fill the orders in a kind of all-girl assembly line. Esther designed the cards. One lady cut pictures while another created the background. Someone else added more decorations. More cards ordered More orders came. Esther hired more assistants to help fill them. It...

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