(by Gina Bardi, Reference Librarian)
It’s Valentine’s season! Can’t you smell the chocolate in the air? You probably think we librarians and archivists are a cold calculating bunch, only thinking about classification systems and preservation methods but we feel love too! Why just the other day I came across a few items in a scrapbook that made my heart go all a-flutter. I’ve written about scrapbooks of the San Francisco Yacht Club before, but while going through them recently to fulfill a reference request from one of our staff, I came across the drawings below and the poem which were just too sweet not to share with you, my beloved readers, on Valentine’ s Day..
Sweet and simple. There is nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats with someone you love… and a cherub.
Not quite sure what all is going on here, but hey, a heart made out of rope! I guess there’s a man with a terrible haircut being hoisted aboard and some people singing and a pair of women’s legs. The couple in the middle seem to like each other though.
After looking at these images of happy couples perhaps you to now would like to woo someone. Here’s a maritime themed love poem to help you out.
San Francisco Yacht Club. Scrapbooks. 1883-1885. Print.