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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

“Valentine, Be Mine may be heard but once a year, but the loving thoughts and warm feelings never seem to disappear.”SLS

How many times have you spelled love with tiny candy hearts? Do you know how it all started – when, where and by whom? Well, awaken to a little trivia and share with your family and friends to make the day a little more interesting.

1847
Oliver R. Chase of Boston invents and patents the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. This marks the founding of the nation's candy industry, the beginning of commercial manufacture. With his brother, Silas Edwin, he founds Chase and Company, the pioneer member of the NECCO family.

1866
Conversation hearts were invented by Daniel Chase, brother of NECCO's founder. These first hearts had printed paper notes tucked inside. The lengthy, old-fashioned sayings included such wistful thoughts as "Please send a lock of your hair by return mail."

Present Day
Every Valentine's Day the company presents new messages on the tiny colored hearts that have been a holiday tradition since the Civil War. NECCO must produce about 100,000 pounds of the candy hearts every day in order to meet the Valentine demand, when about 8 billion hearts are sold in six weeks.

What is your favorite Conversation Heart? Candy Hearts offers a quick refresher of some original sayings. . .


February brings expressions of love
Stamped on tiny candy hearts
Which ones to eat, which ones to share?
Questions arise before sending starts


Valentine, Be Mine, the ones of first choice
Add up to more than just a few
Intended for those very special friends
Some of whom even receive two

Next in line, a choice of mine
White with pink letters, Cutie Pie
Sweet and cute as a button
The ones nobody would deny

Let me see, the next ones I’ll eat
Kiss Me, the blue one, quickly disappears
My lips alone enjoy this treat
As a sly grin instantly appears

Then there lay the perfect pair
Best Friend they both represent
Expressly set aside for buddies
With whom the best times I spent

What’s left? Sweetheart, True Love
Love You Forever, all meant for just one
Gathered, bagged, tied with a string
Stored in a box ’til time to be undone