Valentine's Day in 1924 California "is a lovers' fete." The postman is "loaded down with happy greetings for fair damsels."

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ST. VALENTINE'S DAY OBSERVED Postman Loaded Down With Happy Greetings for Fair Damsels Today Is St. Valentine's day, February 14, 1924, one St. Valentino day out of four which is of unusual significance', because, remember, this Is leap year. -How many fair damsels took advantage of the day will not bo known until wedding bells ring, or until »round Easter time, perhaps, when new silk dresses will be duly noted. Who can lay which are the luckier— the mUses who proposed and won, or thoie who proposed and lost and who will thereby trip out In one of tho new silk iprlhv modes? Admittedly today IB a lovers' fete •wheh tender messages flutter about In lacy, and frilly wrappers, but the fes- ttfat of heart* was born out of a tra- ,dltlon of deeper and fuller significance —that of kindly deeds and thoughts— '•6 tboie veriled In legend say. But, be that a* It may, the local couriers of the patron saint, Bakersfleld's post'; men, declared their packs were 1 stuffed today with heart-shaped envelopes and thoM waled with cupid bows; and •kopkMpeTi eay they had very few choice 1 confection* In lacy hearts for 1 late purchasers. , ' Tender Romance! , r * Without a doubt, many tender ro- , .mancei budded today, for Valentine bbxel were featured at all the schools, and there were eome email misses who (experienced for the first time the delicious 1 thrill of getting a gorgeously fruited Valentine from "that nice boy •eras* the aisle/' Valentine day was quite generally observed In some nelgh- borhoods, particularly In one where the i little people Tiave established the happy cuatdm of leaving Valentines oh their little neighbors' doorsteps.' Like all fete days whose beginning! ' are, lost In, antiquity, St. Valentine's 'day hfcs many legends. : : ^ , Historical Data , There is of course the historical story \ of ntt Valentine's. Imprisonment by the Jtoman e,mne'ror, Claduies (240 A. D.). who,commanded the saint to, give up his .Christian faith and worship the HOBUtn gods. Upon his refusal, St. Valentine was thrown into prison and beheaded,- It Is said,' the custom of sending valentines Is the survival of a practice; connected with the worship of Juno on or about February i4. and Its association with the saint's feast day Js purely accidental. But the legend , that,has survived most generally Is that ' February M Is the birthday of St. Valentine, the saint, whose friends -were Ms dearest possession and to whom he Milt messages of love from his prison eell.wlth his faithfully trained doves as .messengers. •

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  1. The Bakersfield Californian,
  2. 14 Feb 1924, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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  • — Valentine's Day in 1924 California "is a lovers' fete." The postman is "loaded down with happy greetings for fair damsels."

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