Inspired by the sailor's valentines often found in whaling towns in New England -- I am making valentines from my images of the arctic landscape and seascape, where whalers of the 19th century and earlier would have spent much if not most of their lives. Rather than the showy seashells of Bermuda, there is ice and rock and silence.

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Examples of a traditional sailor's valentine, a gift brought home from Bermuda or the carribean islands by whalers at the end of a hunting tour. 

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