Survey: Will You Be My Valentine?
Some say it started with Lupercalia, a roman fertility rite celebrated on February 15. Others blame Chaucer, who wrote "For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [choose] his make [mate]. Most blame Leigh Eric Schmidt, who made the first mass-produced valentine of paper lace in 1847. Wherever the truth lies, it is now big business: In 2006 Americans spent 13.7 billion dollars on it, and bought 190 million valentine cards. (WP); image from My anti-valentine