Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sell your Vintage Valentine collection to the Museum

We buy vintage valentine collections. If you have a collection you would like to sell, please leave a comment below (all comments on The Vintage Valentine Museum are moderated so it will not be publicly viewable. We will see it but not publish it). In the comment please leave your contact email and some info about the collection (ie how many cards, general idea of what the cards are like). Usually we will need to see some photos or scans to know if the particular collection is of interest to us or not.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Love Coach - Table-Top Display


Coach with Hearts and Paper Honeycomb

Large Table-Top Display

9 5/8" tall x 10" wide x 13 1/2" long
circa 1950s/1960s
maker unknown



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Your Heart is my Treasure - Sweet Talkin' Pirates


no text

4 5/8" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
folding stand-up

My Valentine, 'twould give me pleasure - If I always had you heart to treasure.

3 1/2" x 3 7/8"
Flat
dated '32 (for 1932)


Be Mine Your Heart is my Treasure!

2 1/2" x 5 1/4"
circa 1950s

Flat
A-MERI-CARD


Dear Valentine
I'm DIGGIN' for your love.

6 1/4" x 4 3/4"
circa 1950s
made by A-MERI-CARD



To My Valentine Some people gather hearts for fun, if you would be mine, I'd want just one.

3 7/8" x 5 5/8"
circa 1930s
 Mechanical Flat
 made in Germany

My Heart BEATS for you - Drummers and Percussionists

Say - Valentine You STRIKE me just right!

6 3/8" x 5 1/4"
circa 1940s
mechanical card
Figure playing Xylophone


I Love You

If your heart thumped
As hard as mine
We'd harmonize
My Valentine.
3 1/2" x 6"
circa 1940s
made in USA

Carrington Card Co. of Chicago, Illinois


If it's not Sticking My Neck Out Too Far - Will You be my Valentine?

6 1/4" x 8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Standing Flat with 3-D Feature
made in USA
by Carrington
'E' in tree logo

For you my Valentine.

3 1/4" x 5"
circa 1920s, 1930s 
Flat with Easel Stand
by Carrington
'C' in tree logo
marked: made in Saxony

The George S. Carrington Company was in business by at least 1917. They appear listed as an exhibitor at a convention for  the drug store industry in American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record Vol 65 Jan-Dec 1917. They published books and games as well as cards. The address for the company noted on their game boxes circa 1950s is 2740 West Fullerton Ave in Chicago, Illinois. In American Stationer Vol 86 of May 8, 1920 their address is listed as 2330 W Van Buren, Chicago, Ill.

Hope I WIND UP as your valentine!

3" x 5 1/2"
dated 1947
Flat
made in USA
Carrington
'A' in tree logo


Their cards are marked with a logo in the shape of a tree outline containing a letter (usually A, H, C, or E) inside the tree. Some early cards are marked with an 'H' inside a circle. The letter code in the tree may be an indication of the price, with different prices being indicated by different letters, but this is not known for certain.


To My Valentine - Roses for remembrance Would bring into your mind My glad and happy wishes For you, dear Valentine.

6" x 7 3/4"
circa 1910s, 1920s
Flat
marked: 'H' in circle 6003
made in USA
by Carrington

In 1937, the company made the headlines when retired president Charles Sherman Ross was kidnapped, held for ransom, then killed along with one of the kidnappers, James Atwood Gray (perhaps to avoid splitting any ransom they hoped to receive). Murderer John Seadlund was the subject of an FBI manhunt and finally captured in early 1938 at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California.

It was love at first glance When I saw you ~ Say! How do you feel about me? I'd like you for my valentine!

4" x 5" (5" x 8" opened)
1930s
French fold
made in USA
by Carrington
'A' in tree logo

Wartime shortages led to the demise of the George C Whitney Co of Worchester, Massachusetts. Immediately following the war proved to be a difficult time for many in the card making industry with even the most successful companies like Raphael Tuck suffering due to pressures from the war such as paper shortages around the same time.  Carrington bought out Whitney in 1942, purchasing presses, stock and more. They continued on, creating desirable cards until 1955, when they too closed down. Tuck managed to hang on a little longer, shuttering their doors after 1959.

Oh! that I could learn the art Of dancing right into your heart.

2 3/4" x 5 1/4"
circa 1920s, 1930s
Flapper figure with headband, bobbed hair and star-shaped beauty mark under her eye
Mechanical Flat
made in USA
by Carrington
marked: 'C' in circle 'H' in circle 6002
'C' in tree logo on the back

We have cards by Carrington in many of our other categories. Enter 'Carrington' into the search box in the upper left to see them all. 

You've got me CORNERED My love ~ Here I sit a-dreamin 'bout you, Sort 'o lonesome, kind o' blue, Thinkin' I can't do without you - Be My Valentine, please do.

3 1/2" x 5 5/8" flat
circa 1930s
Part of a series of corner-sitting cards
Fold Out
by Carrington
'A' in tree logo
 


This valentine is twined around
With hopes that gladness will be found
Within the happy heart of you
On this day and on all days too.

4" x 4 7/8"
circa 1920s/1930s
Flat

made by Carrington Co



Life would be divine. If would be my Valentine.

3 1/4" x 5"
circa 1920s/1930s
made by Carrington
'C' in tree logo
also has older mark of an 'H' in a circle in lower right
marked: 6002


I can only manage Two Hearts Yours and Mine.

3 3/4" x 4 1/4"
dated 1933
Mechanical Flat with Easel Stand
marked: Carrington (with 'C' in tree logo)

I think the world and all of you - Dear Valentine.

3" x 2 3/4"
circa 1920s
Flat
made by Carrington
in the USA
'A' in tree logo



To My Valentine ~ Tell me with those eyes of thine That you will be My Valentine.

2 1/4" x 2 3/4" (4 1/2 x 2 3/4" opened)
circa 1910s, 1920s 
Single Fold
 By Carrington
 Marked with 'H' in circle logo followed with 6001
 made in USA 



Valentine Greetings ~ Sweet and old fashioned Loving and true Such is the heart I am offering to you.  

4 1/2" x 5 1/2" (9" x 5 1/2" opened)
circa 1920s, 1930s
French Fold
by Carrington
 'E' in tree logo



For My Valentine.

5 1/4" x 9"
circa 1920s, 1930s 
 Mechanical Flat with Easel Stand
 by Carrington
 'G' in tree logo

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Artists known to have worked for Carrington:

  • Jessie Louise Taylor