Saturday, January 30, 2010

Love is a CIRCUS! Big Top Valentines


You are keeping me UP IN THE AIR my Valentine.

2 3/4" x 4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Flat
made in USA

I'm not putting on an ACT when I say Be my Valentine.

4 5/8" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Mechanical Flat
made in USA


I'm STRONG 4 U Valentine!

4 1/2" x 2 1/8"
circa 1950s
Circus Strong Man
Flat
made in USA


Say you'll be mine Valentine - and I'll put on an act!

6" x 5 1/8" flat
circa 1930s
Clown and Elephant
Standing Fold-Out

Would you go for me my Valentine? Or will I have to train you to be mine?

4 1/8" x 6 1/2"
circa 1950s
Folding Stand-Up
marked 125 on the back

Valentine Circus
I'd tame wild lions and tigers too to show how brave I'd be for you - Valentine! 

3 1/2" x 4 1/8"
circa 1940s
Standing Fold-Out
made in USA


'Greatest Show on Earth ~ I'd like to SHOW you how much I care. 

Features a Circus Tent
circa 1920s, 1930s
Standing Fold-Out


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Love All - Tennis Valentine Cards


I'm ALL SET for a LOVE MATCH with you.

3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
circa 1950s
Mechanical Flat

I'll raise a RACQUET if you won't be my Valentine.

Rare Badmitten Card
Flat


 My Valentine Shuttle-cock and Battle-dore Is a game that I adore, But I love you, oh, much more.

Rare Shuttle-cock and Battle-dore (an early version of badmitten played with a different style racket)
Circa 1910s
Flat
made in Bavaria
published by Ernest Nister/E P Dutton
No. 1154
Part of a series featuring different sports

You're just the Match for Me Valentine!

2 1/2" x 5"
circa 1950s
also seen as 2 1/8" x 2 3/8" w/o text

To My Valentine.

2 7/8" x 3 1/8"
circa 1920s
made in Germany

To my Valentine

4 3/4" x 2 3/4"
circa 1920s/1930s
made in GERMANY


Dear Valentine, I hope this RACKET will NET me a Little Love from my Valentine

3 5/8" x 4 1/2" (4 1/2" x 7 1/4" opened)
circa 1940s
folded
made by A-MERI-CARD

See this tennis ball of mine I'll hit it to my Valentine.

mechanical card
circa 1920s/1930s
made in Germany

Valentine's Greetings.

circa 1920s
Flat

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cowgirls love Cowboys! Western Americana on Valentines



Dear Valentine ~ I Know the Ropes Won't you be Mine?

 4 3/8" x 5"
circa 1950s
Fold-Out
marked: A-Meri-Card
Made in USA
115

Howdy, Pardner! I'd like to ROPE you into being my Valentine!

3 1/2" x 4 7/8"
circa 1950s
Flat
marked: 1 v k-690-16
no other publisher's marks

 It's true it's like a race To keep this pace chasing you - Be my Valentine.

4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Flat
marked: Made in U.S.A.
 no other publisher's marks


Of all the CHAPS  that you can see There's one to choose and that is me.

2 5/8" x 3 7/8"
circa 1910s, 1920s 
  Fold-Out
   Carrington
 'A' in tree logo

A Token of Affection

5 3/8" x 2 3/4"
circa 1910s 
 Flat with Easel Stand on Back
 marked: Germany

possibly by Frances Brundage

It HAT to be you, This Feb. 14th!

2 7/8" x 4 3/8"
circa 1960s 
 Flat
 made in USA

I'm aimin' to ROPE YOU for my Valentine.

4" x 3 1/2"
circa 1950s, 1960s
Flat
made in USA
by Hallmark

Won't you RIDE THE RANGE with me Valentine?

2 1/2" x 5"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Flat
made in USA
marked: 5/5


Lass! I'd like to LASSO you - and BRAND you as my Valentine

3 5/8" x 3 1/2"
circa 1950s
Flat
made in USA
by A-Meri-Card
marked: X-4540

Don't HOLD UP any longer say you'll be my partner Valentine.

3" x 5 5/8"
circa 1950s, 1960s
Mechanical Flat
made in USA
marked: 3/5-329


To My Valentine I may be a TWO GUN man but there's only ON GIRL for me! That's You!

4" x 6 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Masked Man with Guns
Fold-Out
made in USA

You're Roped

3 7/8" x 7"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Cowboy in Chaps and Hat with Lasso
Mechanical Flat
made in USA
by Carrington
'E' in tree logo

To my Valentine Wanted for stealing my heart! Who -------? You! And believe me I sure do want you bad!

3" x 4 1/4" (3" x 6 7/8" opened)
circa 1940s
Dog in Cowboy Hat with Gun and Sheriff's Badge
made in USA
folded

To my Valentine - This is not a HOLD-UP! Just takin' you for a RIDE.

2 7/8" x 5 3/4"
circa 1930s
made in USA


I'd like to ROPE you in for my Valentine.

2 3/4" x 4 5/8"
circa 1950s
made in USA



To my Valentine I'm afraid I'm going to take a tumble for you, Ducky.

circa 1930s
Features an odd duck in Cowboy outfit riding a Dog
mechanical flat
made in USA
possibly an unsigned Charles Twelvetrees



Valentine NOTE that I'm Yours. It would be music to my ears If I could hear you say that you would be my Valentine today.

circa 1940s
mechanical


AIMING to get you Valentine.

circa 1950s
Cowgirl with Guns
made in USA

To my Valentine Won't you come in my CORRAL?

made in USA
Flat


Hi there Valentine! You're fenced in now and can't get out Until you agree To be my Valentine, Sweetheart, And give your Heart to me. BETTER GIVE UP!

circa 1940S, 1950s
French-Fold

I Hope to Rope your Heart!

made in USA
Flat

I never saw a LASS-SO sweet as you, My Valentine

3 3/8" x 6 1/2"
circa 1950s
Standing Fold-Out
made in USA

Monday, January 25, 2010

Love's Fireworks - Sparklers and Firecrackers

Valentine, I'm SKYROCKETING your way!

5 1/2" x 2 7/8"
circa 1950s
made in USA

BANG Goes my Heart for You.

3 5/8" x 1 7/8"
circa 1950s
made in USA


Is there a SPARK in your heart for me?
4 3/4" x 7"
circa 1930s/1940s

Fireworks, like cigarettes and roller coasters, appear rarely on valentines. It is a little surprising since they all play reoccurring roles in our stories of romance and metaphors for love.