In Victorian times the postmans 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.
Its 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.
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