Olive Leavister 19th Century Handmade Valentine Collection, 1830-1880
Leavister, Olive Mae 1913-1990
Lazerowitz, Seymour (dealer)
0.33 cu. ft.: 115 items
1 document box
Mrs. Leavister was a collector, particularly of items relating to childhood, such as dolls, toys, children's books, holiday postcards, sewing items, candy containers, Christmas ornaments and valentines. Born December 16, 1913, Kansas City. In the 1930s she moved to Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, Charles Leavister. The couple never had children, but her fondness for children led her to purchase dolls in poor condition and restore them for needy children. She was a charter member of the Maryland Doll Club, and frequently gave lectures at local doll and antique club meetings. Died June 6, 1990.
115 handmade valentine cards, including examples of American, English and some German cards. Lacy and nostalgic, these cards are in excellent condition. Some cards have poems written on the inside and are signed by the sender. There are very few envelopes.
Olive Leavister 19th Century Handmade Valentine Collection, 1830-1880, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Seymour A. Lazerowitz in honor of Olive Leavister