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Esther Howland Valentine, circa 1850: "Weddings now are all the go, Will you marry me or no"
Handwritten poem, "To Susanna" dated Valentine's Day, 1850 (Cork, Ireland)
Comic Valentine, mid-19th century: "R stands for rod, which can give
a smart crack, And ought to be used For a day on your back."
Valentine card, 1862: "My dearest Miss, I send thee a kiss"
Folk art Valentine and envelope dated 1875 addressed to Clara Dunn of Newfield, New Jersey
Whitney Valentine, 1887; Howland sold her New England Valentine Company to the George C. Whitney Company in 1881
Seascape Valentine, date unknown
Vinegar Valentine, circa 1900
Buster Brown Valentine postcard by Richard Felton Outcault, early years of 20th century
Postcard by Nister, circa 1906
Valentine postcard, circa 1900-1910
"Pop-ups" create a three-dimensional effect when opened, circa 1900
A tiny 2-inch pop-up Valentine, circa 1920
Football-playing Disney-like rat and bulldog are set in motion by the pull-tab on the right, circa 1920
A grommet affixed to the center of the card permits the dog's eyes to glance side-to-side when the blue bow is moved
Rocking horse and rider, circa 1920-1930
Raphael Tuck Valentine by Frances Brundage, circa 1910
Black Americana Valentine, circa 1940
Children's Valentine in somewhat questionable taste, 1940-1950
Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950-1960