Although cherubs (and the other plural form of the word, cherubim) are mentioned in the Bible as being second only to seraphim in the angelic realms; when they're portrayed in vintage Valentines, their role is a little less serious.
Usually half or fully naked and surrounded by birds, flowers, hearts and other symbols of Valentine's Day, you can't help but think of them as cute. They bear little resemblance to their description in the book of Genesis (Gen. 3:24): angels who guarded the Garden of Eden with "a flaming sword which turned every way." In the images on this page, they're bearers of romance armed with love's arrows, not flaming swords.
The Victorians seemed to be obsessed with them, as they appear not just in Valentine's Day images, but also in many other images they used year-round. And I'm glad they were obsessed, because they left behind all these wonderful vintage Valentine cards.
Vertical Vintage Valentine Cards with Cherubs
Horizontal Vintage Valentine Cards with Cherubs
Instructions for Downloading the Valentine Cards
To download, choose a thumbnail version of any of the vintage Valentine cards to make a larger version appear. When you click on one of the larger images, it will appear in a new window. Then, if you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you have a Mac, control-click the image until a menu appears that gives you the option to save.
For More Free Vintage Images
I have links to literally thousands of free images, so I compiled them into the Free Clip Art Sourcebook. This PDF e-book is free to download, doesn't require registration and contains links to all the free vintage and contemporary art in my collection.
Feel free to download the Free Clip Art Sourcebook and enjoy!
More Vintage Art
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Other Valentine's Day Hubs with Free Images
- Valentine Clip Art
- Valentine Hearts Clip Art
- Vintage Valentine Cards: Cherubs
- Victorian Valentine Cards: Hearts and Flowers
- Vintage Valentine Cards: Cute Kids
- Vintage Valentine's Day Flowers Clip Art
- Vintage Valentine Hearts Clip Art
- Vintage Angels Clip Art
- Valentine's Day Love Coupons
- Valentine's Day Hearts Scrapbook Paper
- Kids Valentine's Day Cards
- Retro Kids Valentine Cards
- Valentine Invitations
Vintage Valentines Poll
kim poag on December 11, 2008:
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