Virtual or Real Valentine?

Saint Valentines Day Commemoration

Saint Valentine’s Day more commonly referred to as Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.

The day is named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted.

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as Valentines. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards, which now compete with virtual or e-cards.

Sending virtual invitations, greeting cards and postcards has become the norm, while a good old-fashioned tangible Valentine’s Day Card may be a thing of the past. Vintage Valentine Cards are a piece of history, some of the oldest can be traced back to the mid 1700s and are rarely found in circulation. Old Ornate German Valentines Day Cards are especially desirable with their elegant embossing, fold-outs and ribbon accents, including unique valentines with cutouts and movable parts. The exchanging of valentines was a custom popularized by German immigrants in Pennsylvania in the late 1700s. The initial mass production of Valentine Cards in the US started around 1850, when a Massachusetts woman began making cards to sell as part of her business – New England Valentine Company. In 1870, George C. Whitney developed equipment for fancy embossing. After, he bought out several competitors, including Howland in 1880. Whitman Publishing Co. was one of the major American producers of valentines following World War II. Currently there are a variety of antique, vintage and collectible valentines on the market for collectors or the curious. Rare Victorian Era Valentine Cards can command hundreds of dollars, where as cards from the 1920s through 1960s can be had for around $25 to $5 on average.

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Season’s Greetings to All our Friends Across the Globe

Thank you for discovering our website, as well as  our enjoyment and appreciation of all things retro, vintage and bazaar. We take great pleasure in finding unusual relics, collectible primitives and antiques, however, our greatest pleasure comes from knowing there are many others out there across the world that share the same interests. Visit often for the ever changing selection of diverse collectibles or the informative posts of eclectic retro and vintage information.

Chinese – Koan hay fat choi

French – à tous et toutes, Un Tres Joyeux Noel Et Une Bonne Annee 2011!

English – Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011

Italian – Buon anno

Tagalog – Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon

Dutch – Iedereen een gelukkig kerstfeest en een goed oud en nieuwjaar toegewenst.

Spanish – Feliz Navidad

Bulgarian – Vessela Koleda & Chestita Nova Godina 2011

Russian – S Rozhdestvom, S Novym 2011 Godom, S Novym Dve Tysyachi Sed’mym Godom

Latvian – Priecigus ziemassvetkus, Laimigu jauno 2011. gadu

Portuguese – Feliz Natal e Próspero Ano Nôvo!

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Hebrew – Hag sameah, Shana tova ve-metuka

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German – Schöne Weinachten und Gutes Neues Jahr!, Ein Fröhliches Weihnachtsfest und einen glücklichen Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

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Slovak – Vesle Vainoce a Stastlivi Novy Rok!

Kokani – Tumka saglyak natalachi aani aanandache nave varsh zav.

Japanese – Kurisumasu Omedetou, Yoi Kyujituwo!

Tube Video Camera Flashback

Tube Video Cameras

In older video cameras prior to the mid 1980s, a video camera tube or pickup tube was used instead of a CCD (charge-coupled device) for converting a video image into an electrical signal. Several types were in use from the 1930s to the 1980s. The most commercially successful of these tubes were various types of cathode ray tubes or “CRTs”. Video camera tubes typically had a maximum brightness tolerance and  if that limit were exceeded, such as by pointing the camera at the sun or extremely bright light sources, the tube detecting surface would instantly burn-out and the tube rendered useless. Some common camera tubes used in the 1980s were the Trinicon and the Saticon.

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The Trinicon Tube uses a vertically striped RGB color filter over the faceplate of an otherwise standard vidicon imaging tube to segment the scan into corresponding red, green and blue segments. Only one tube was used in the camera, instead of a tube for each color, as was standard for color cameras used in television broadcasting. It is used mostly in low-end consumer cameras and camcorders, though Sony also used it in some moderate cost professional cameras in the 1980s, such as the DXC-1800 and BVP-1 models.

The Saticon Tube was produced by Thomson and Sony. Its surface consists of Selenium Arsenic Tellurium (SeAsTe). The Saticon Tube is a photoconductive image pickup tube which consists of tin oxide and selenium doped with arsenic and tellurium, aka a glass semiconductor. The Saticon has high resolution, response characteristics comparable to those of conventional 1 inch pickup tubes, and has excellent features as an image pickup tube for use in color cameras such as small color TV cameras for broadcasting and industrial uses