The Comic Valentine of mid-Victorian England

Comic card

There was a time when Valentine’s cards were much more fun: they had humour and caricatures.It wasn’t like today, that we just find those super sweet cards, full of nauseating cheesiness with enough sugar to attract a whole beehive. The Scrap Album has a precious collection with few of those old cards: The Comic Valentine of mid-Victorian England: A collection of curious Valentines.

In mid-Victorian England the custom of sending daintily printed valentines, overflowing with hearts, cupids and poetical posies was generally understood to consist of an exchange of missives between special loving friends.
Yet beneath the sweet exterior and tender words of these lace-paper beauties lurked something far more sinister – the comic valentine !
These scurrilous printed sheets, entered into the humour of the common and middles classes, fun and mischief were their elements.
In reality they were masterpieces of the grotesque, venomous in humour, spiteful and rude, expressing anything but love.

Perfumed sachet valentine

Don’t worry, if you prefer a classic romantic cardtake a look at Saint Valentine’s little tokens of Love, a collection of Lace-Paper Valentines. The Victorian valentine
is a dainty creation of lace paper, pretty flowers and sweet scents. They were perfectly original and won admiration from all the fair to whom they were presented.

More vintage Valentines’ cards: For your Valentines’ day and A Flowering of Affection.

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