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A collection of curious valentines

Cupid’s Messenger

In Victorian times the postman’s bag on the 14th of February was a heavy burden.

As the over-weighted man of missives toiled and staggered to their doorstep, the would-be recipients were already in eager watchfulness of the Valentine bringer. These poor souls were unaware that the envelope, addressed in disguised handwriting, contained a crude coloured print on flimsy paper representing hideous forms and faces intended to be more or less appropriate to themselves.

To add insult to injury there would be a verse or two of printed doggerel. Should you be particularly disliked a poisoned message, scrawled in pencil underneath the verse, would be appended with glee by the abusive sender.

It’s not difficult to imagine that many of these so-called comic valentines were torn into a heap of little pieces and consigned to the fire.

  • Opposite
  • Comic valentine
  • No publisher
  • 158 x 209mm (6¼ x 8¼in)
  • Mid 19th century


  • Haste thee with this Valentine,
  • you silly man of letters,
  • And try and do the best you can
  • to serve and please your betters,
  • For I’d sooner live an old maid
  • or else give up the ghost
  • Than wed a grinning postman,
  • as stupid as a post.


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