`Greetings of Love' valentine exhibit You'd better...

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January 24, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

`Greetings of Love' valentine exhibit

You'd better think twice about taking your sweetie to the Surratt House Museum before Valentine's Day: Some cards there are a tough act to follow.

More than 100 Valentine's Day cards dating from the 1840s are on display at the museum in Clinton today through Feb. 24. They range from delicate and handmade cards decorated with cupids, lace and hearts to the "postcard with the jotted message tossed in the mail," says museum director Laurie Verge, who created the Greetings of Love show 25 years ago from generations of valentines found in her family's home.

The collection starts with love notes from her great-grandfather to her great-grandmother. "One Sunday, my husband and I went through the library and found them tucked into desk drawers," Verge says. "In one afternoon, we found about two dozen cards."

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Admission is $1-$3. 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton; www.surratt.org, 301-868-1121.

York County stamp and postcard show

Whether we collect them or just paste them on our bills, stamps play a pretty big role in our lives: They're the fare required to send love letters and car payments alike.

The Pennsylvania White Rose Philatelic Society pays homage to the sticky little slips of paper tomorrow and Saturday during its 24th annual stamp and postcard show at Horticultural Hall on the York Fairgrounds. "Yorcopex 2002" features vintage stamps and postcards and one-of-a-kind collectibles and showpieces, including a new cancellation developed by the York post office depicting a 1906 truck important to local lore. There also will be a youth area dedicated to educating kids about the fun found in philately.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. 334 Carlisle Ave., York, Pa.; www.yorkfair.org; 717-848-2596.

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