[Editor: This article, regarding Valentine’s Day, was published in The Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA), 15 February 1900.]
St. Valentine’s Day.
Wednesday was St. Valentine’s Day, but perhaps few people knew it outside of those who are diligent students of their calendars. The old practice of sending valentines has almost if not completely died out. A leading bookseller reports that it is as “dead as Julius Caesar;” that most stationers do not stock valentines nowadays; and, moreover, that people never ask for them.
The circulating of extraordinary caricatures is now almost entirely in the hands of the satirical papers, and if a remarkable event were to happen on February 14 there is a probability of St. Valentine’s Day not even being remembered by the publishers of calendars.
In one of the suburbs last night there was a “Valentine” continental. What that may be is hard to say, but it is unnecessary to enquire, as the entertainment was held for a worthy object.
The Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA), 15 February 1900, p. 2 (1 O’clock Edition)
valentine = a Valentine’s Day card; a greeting card, gift, message, or token (anonymous or signed) which expresses affection, attraction, or love, which is sent to a lover, sweetheart, or the object of one’s affection on the occasion of Saint Valentine’s Day (14th February); someone who is the recipient or sender of a Valentine’s Day card, gift, message, or token; one’s lover or sweetheart