Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Love Calls - Telephones

 I'm waiting for your answer Valentine.

6" x 3 3/8"
circa 1940s
  marked: The Fairfield Line 

Hello You're My Valentine.

3 1/8" x 4 1/4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Figure in a Phone Booth 

 HOT NEWS on a SPECIAL LINE Just be my........Valentine.

3" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Characters drawn to somewhat resemble Dagwood Bumstead 
but is not a licensed Blondie item, 
rather is just trying to take advantage of the cartoon's popularity
made in USA

Telephone Directory Feb. 14th Issue Loveland-Heart-District ~ I have your number - Will it do me any good?

3 1/4" x 4 3/8" (4 3/8" x 6 1/2" opened)
circa 1930s, 1940s
Single Fold

This is not a PHONEY LINE I want you for my VALENTINE!

5 5/8" x 7 5/8"
dated 1939
by A-Meri-Card
Mechanical Flat
made in USA

This is the earliest dated A-Meri-Card we've seen. I'm not sure the date wasn't added later (and incorrectly) as it is so much earlier than most sources will say A-Meri-Card appeared (circa 1950s is usually cited however there are enough dated cards to suggest they were making valentines at least as early as the late 1940s). The phone style, however, is correct for the late 1930s. But its not uncommon for valentine artists to go for a nostalgic look, drawing characters or props in the style of earlier days, so we're not 100% convinced of the accuracy of the date written on the card. We'd be interested to know if YOU have dated A-Meri-Card cards with dates from the 1940s or 1930s written on them.

 Hello Valentine - Do you like me as much as I like you?

3 5/8" x 3 1/2"
circa 1920s 1930s
seated figure pops out for 3-d effect
made in USA
made in USA

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