Boxed Valentine’s Day card, c. 1790. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Richard Riddell, 1981.
• On Max Ernst’s collage novels: “More than three-quarters of a century on, the collage novels still cast an unsettling spell, plunging us into a gaslit Victorian underworld of the unconscious, part magic lantern show, part séance, all Freudian uncanny.” (Hyperallergic)
• The bizarre legal history of broken engagements. (Smithsonian.com)
• Why so many places in Northern England have Scandinavian-sounding names. (Archaeology)
• A new exhibit highlights mid-twentieth century London’s East End in colorful prints. (Atlas Obscura)
• There is a place in the United States where you can stare at twelve thousand historical valentines. (New York Times)