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February 9, 2022

Cupid Angels in Valentine Postcards From the Early 20th Century

In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the god of war Mars. He is also known in Latin as Amor (“Love”). A person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid’s arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire.

Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the Middle Ages, when under Christian influence he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. In the Renaissance, a renewed interest in classical philosophy endowed him with complex allegorical meanings. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine’s Day.

Here below is a set of amazing images from Dave that shows Cupid angels in Valentine postcards from the early 20th century.


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