“There is always something to see and do at Hixson’s.” Please plan a visit to our store today.
In addition to antique valentines, you might find glassware, wood carvings, stain glass windows, paperweights, collectible spoons and thimbles. Many items are from Bill Hixson’s own collections.
ANTIQUE VALENTINE'S SHOW
Bill Hixson in 1954 first located a series on late Victorian, early nineteen hundreds fancy large fold out Victorian Valentines in a New York warehouse. They had been there since the beginning of the First World War. As sentiment was so anti German at that time they could not sell. So they laid there in the dusty warehouse until Bill uncovered them. As a florist, he equipped them with a dozen sweet heart miniature roses and heather and sold many for $10.00 delivered on 1954’s Valentine’s Day.
Shortly after the holiday he discovered that he could have sold just the elaborate valentines for much more. He soon began collecting valentines from many other eras.
At this time Bill has a collection of over nine thousand Valentines. None were for sale but about four thousand were on display for you to admire and enjoy.The earliest and rarest are the lithographed and hand colored ones from the 1830’s. Teachers in the 1930’s and 40’s collected many children’s valentines in scrapbooks.
You will enjoy seeing Campbell soup kids of the 40’s and sweeping Art Nouveau card of the late eighteen hundreds as well as the fanciful Victorian fold out cards.
The show opens the weeks before Valentines day.
Daily hours are 10 am to 6pm. Closed Sundays.
Call 216-521-9277 for the day the show opens.