Prairie Post (West Edition)

Take a step back in time for a Valentine’s tradition

Purse puzzles were once an innovative way to send notes and illustrati­ons and express other sentiments.

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Greeting cards are popular ways to express love and affection on Valentine’s Day. However, those looking to say “l love you” and much more in a creative way may want to harken back to a tradition that is several centuries old.

Purse puzzles were once an innovative way to send notes and illustrati­ons and express other sentiments, Purse puzzles became popular around 1720 and remained so until roughly

1840. The puzzles consisted of a sheet of paper folded into smaller parts., When unfolded, the purse puzzle would reveal several messages and handdrawn art.

In the 19th century purse puzzles were a clever way for lovers to send love notes on Valentine’s Day or other times of the year. Purse puzzles were a form of paper art, similar to origami.

Valentine’s celebrants can rekindle the magic of purse puzzles to add creative flair to this year’s celebratio­ns. They can be made easily with tutorials found on websites such as Snapguide.com (https://snapguide.com/guides/make-puzzle-purses/). The finished puzzle will take a square shape and open up like a pinwheel until the full sheet of paper is revealed.

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