Mid-February is an especially lovable time of year at one north side Madison home.
It's the time of year Sandy Hogar unboxes her extensive collection of antique Valentine's Day cards and displays the intricate, yet mostly pristine paper Valentines in her house.
Hogar, who's been collecting the cards for more than 30 years, said many of the Valentines cards feature modes of transportation like trains, cars and boats. There are also plenty of animals, including many dogs.
Some of the cards date back to the 1880s. A 103-year-old Valentine in Hogar's collection, which features a boy and girl cherub on a blue carriage with lots of flowers, is in perfect condition.
"To think that they've survived all these years, that's what's so neat about them," Hogar said.