Each year, on 14th February around the world, flowers, chocolates and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London). Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (Next to Christmas with 2.6 cards are sent for Christmas).
Today, alongside traditional paper based cards, digital eCards are sent, (the first ‘Electronic Postcard’ was created and sent in 1994 by Judith Donath of MIT Media Lab) and since that time, a large variety of websites offer similar services – to share and send ecards to loved ones at times of celebration.
LASS are no different, and we offer you the following video to share with your loved ones. As a sexual health charity, we obviously like to talk about sex and encourage people to enjoy sex responsibility, so what better time to release a cheeky video than Valentine’s Day?
Please share our video with your valentine (and your friends)! We wish you all a very happy Valentine’s day or evening, (Whatever you get up to) and we hope our cheeky message will remind you to have a good time, and remember to be safe while you’re having it 😉
Tanya Goodwin created this concept video with animation by Richie Phillips at Seed Creativity.