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These Love Notes Found In Used Books Will Make You Swoon

02/10/2015 09:16 am ET | Updated Apr 12, 2015

Besides awesome old black and white photos, one of my favorite things to find in used books at The Strand is love notes. Sure, some of these couples may have broken up long ago, but at least at the moment the picture was snapped or the sentiments were inked, there was something there. There was love, excitement, intrigue, and hope.

Here's a selection of Strand Tumblr posts that celebrate a variety of loves (platonic, romantic, familial, fraternal) to help get you in the mood for Valentine's Day or at very least, to provide a bit of warmth to your cold, cold heart.

  • Simplicity speaks.
  • A card for mom.
  • From father to daughter.
  • From inside a cassette found in a box of books. Nothing says "I love you" like Whitney Houston.
  • A note on love from The Illusion by Tony Kushner.
  • An everyday note.
  • It changes on a dime.