The Red & Black has covered Valentine’s Day for over 100 years. These articles developed alongside the shifting student demographics of the University of Georgia and the commercialization of the holiday. Red & Black features about Valentine’s Day also reflected the cultural and technological norms of the time period while ringing with romance.
Issues from the late 19th century and early 20th century contain limited references to Valentine’s Day, perhaps since the student population consisted only of men until 1918. After the 1950’s, the Red & Black began to cover Valentine’s Day extensively and would eventually publish various articles about the holiday in each issue leading up to February 14.
Check out this collection of Red & Black Valentine’s Day articles. These articles feature a love poem from 1894, gift ideas from the ‘50s and personalized love messages from the 2000s.