Historians credit Marie Antoinette with the invention of the pocket handkerchief. She was so broken up at leaving her home in Austria that she cried all the way to France and wiped her eyes with bits of lace torn from her dress and lingerie. Anticipating future tears, she made it a point always to have a piece of lace tucked in a pocket of her dress. This say the historians, was how the handkerchief was born. Modern Woman MagazineVol 14, No 5 - 1945We just love vintage hankies; they can be used in so many ways. Tuck one under a teacup and saucer for a pretty accent, use it to wrap a small gift or fill with lavender, tie up with ribbons or lace and have a pretty sachet.
Valentine's Day is named after the Patron Saint - Saint Valentine.
Valentine's Day is believed to have its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.
Shakespeare made a reference to Valentine's Day in his play 'Hamlet' (Act 4, Scene 5).
St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday in 1537, by England's King Henry VIII.
Flowers are the most popular Valentine's Day gift.
It is believed that the 14th of February is the day when birds and fowls select their mates.
Sweden is the only country that does not celebrate Valentine's Day.
More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's day
In the Middle Ages, men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be.
It has been estimated that as many as one billion cards are sent world-wide each year, on Valentine's Day.
In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first " Conversation Hearts" - then called "Motto Hearts". According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.