Before texting, Twitter and Tinder, feelings of love were shared through tangible materials. Handwritten letters, elaborately crafted Valentines, and lovingly chosen postcards were all conveyors of affection used by Hoosiers before the digital age.Travel back to an era before electronics and experience the elation and excitement of being in love. Let love letters and images from the 1850s to the 1950s take you back to a simpler – or more complicated – time.
Love Always highlights some of IHS's favorite collection items. It includes Valentines, postcards and handwritten letters, such as the one Indianapolis philanthropist Dr. George "Alex" Clowes sent to Edith Whitehill Hinkel in 1909, the year before they were married.
"My little girl, I cannot tell you how much I miss you," wrote Clowes. "I am experiencing a sort of numb feeling simply refusing to let myself realize that this evening without you must be repeated 25 or 30 times before I see you again."
In addition to marrying Edith, Clowes went on to lead the mass production of insulin at Eli Lilly and Company and established the Clowes Fund for furthering educational, religious, charitable and scientific pursuits.