Just for the record, is there anything better than the love and the poetry that comes with a Phonograph inspired Valentine's Day card? Well, in my case there is. "As a Matter of Record," this page is dedicated to my wife who makes these cards have meaning, the "One I Love", the one "Re-corded as my Valentine", the one to "Make Music Together"...Sharon, a special Friend of the Phonograph.

To One I Love, 5" x 4 1/2", Germany c.1920 Re-cord me as Your Valentine, c.1925


Let's Make Music Together, c.1940, Litho USA,

The phrase "You're No. 1 in my Valentine Hit Parade" plays on the popular "Your Hit Parade" radio show.

YOUR HIT PARADE Information courtesy of the Radio Hall of Fame.org

Before disc jockeys and Top-40 charts became commonplace, there was Your Hit Parade, a radio institution that billed itself as “an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music.”

Every Saturday night, Your Hit Parade presented the top tunes of the week, saving the top three songs for the end of the show. As a nod to longtime sponsor Lucky Strike Cigarettes, Your Hit Parade occasionally featured an old favorite as a “Lucky Strike Extra.”

Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne, the show’s advertising agency, remained secretive about the methods used to determine the top songs. It was acknowledged that Your Hit Parade’s statisticians examined sheet music sales and jukebox tabulations before reaching their conclusions.

Your Hit Parade debuted on April 20, 1935 and moved between NBC and CBS until January 16, 1953. A television version of Your Hit Parade was simulcast over NBC Radio from 1950 to 1959.



As a matter of "RECORD"

I want you for My Valentine, USA, Chicago,c.1930


Say "Yes" and "RE-CORD" ME as your VALENTINE, Litho USA, c.1935




I hope this record will make a hit with you

Mechanical - When you move her bow her arm goes up and down with the record.

Valentine card designed by Louis Katz, 7 1/4"



You can put me on "RECORD" as saying I Love you, My Valentine!

Mechanical - arm moves as if playing guitar and his eyes move back and forth

Made in Germany, 3 3/4"tall x 3" wide

Provenance relates this card to other Valentines obtained with letters from a young boy's classmates dated January 1935. Valentines (including this one) were with those letters that mention about the upcoming valentine exchange.


To My Valentine

It is a three dimensional Stand-up card with a single pull -out layer and the base has full expanding tissue. It is signed "To Miss Dysterheft From Elle Gehrke". This card is from the estate of a teacher who dated her cards with the year received. In this case 1918.

7 1/2 " high and 4 1/2" wide.


How about it Valentine?

Mechanical - arm places record on player

7 1/4" x 4"



I'll go on record as saying...You're my Valentine!

3" x 4"



Here's One Record that will never run down, c.1940


Hi Valentine

You're Tops on my "Hit Parade"

4 1/2" x 4 1/2"


I'd like to go on "RECORD",

c.1950, Litho USA,

Phonograph punches out in 3-D



I'll "Dance" to your tune if you'll be My Valentine!

4 1/2" x 3 1/2"


Let's be Old Fashioned Valentines



Hey Valentine - You Rock Me

4 1/2" x 10"


You're a Hit with me Valentine

2 1/2" x 5"

c.1955, USA


You're Tops on my "Hit Parade" Valentine!

2 1/2" x 5"

c.1950, USA






(Left) This c.1930 German-made Valentine's Day card features a girl and her dog listening to a radio: "Hearing her Sweetheart's voice."




(Left) This c.1925 mechanical Valentine's Day card features a girl dancing to the strains of music on her radio while thinking of her Valentine.






Like phonograph-themed Valentine's cards, the radio (above) followed by the television (right) were technologies that also could speak love. The girl's dog (above) evokes a bit of Nipper, the Victor Talking Machine Company's terrier, listening to "His Master's Voice"