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A collection of curious valentines


It was only after the Crimean War that beards became fashionable. At first there was considerable variation - an early style from the 1860s was to have long side- whiskers dangling down each side of the face like displaced spaniels’ ears, with a shaven chin in between.

  • A man of fashion runs, they say,
  • After all the girls in town,
  • He runs in debt, then runs away,
  • And such I must run down,
  • So my swell I am not incline,
  • To have you for a Valentine.

  • Both items
  • Comic valentine
  • Published by W S Fortey, Printer & Publisher
  • 2&3 Monmouth Court, London
  • 140 x 222mm (5½ x 8¾in)
  • Mid 19th century



“The French women have always sold their beautiful tresses to decorate heads less favoured by Nature than their own; and even now the women of Brittany sacrifice that ornament for the sake of some silk kerchief of many colours at one of the periodical fairs.”

  • Your charms may be admired I know,
  • But not your style of dress.
  • Pray don’t expose too much below,
  • Above give something less.
  • Leave too that ugly chignon at home,
  • Would be a likely plan;
  • Then you may meet, when out you roam,
  • Some very nice young man.




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