Monday, January 24, 2011

My Love is Found South of the Border

I'd rather see you than SIESTA! Be mine! Please?

2 1/8" x 4 1/2"
circa 1950s
Flat
Made in USA


You're My FRUIT of Love!

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

There's nothing CHILI about me - Be my Valentine.


circa 1950s
A-MERI-CARD
I can't keep it under my SOMBRERO ANY LONGER ~ YOU'RE my Valentine.

circa 1950s
made in USA


I'll be stubborn.

folding stand-up card
Come and Get it Love to my Valentine

5 3/4" x 2 3/4"
circa 1940s
Flat
Marked: Made in USA

Monday, January 17, 2011

CHLOE PRESTON - Master of Intricate Honeycombed Cards


To One I Love.
3 7/8" x 3"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Children and an Elephant
Standing, 2 Layered Card


To My Sweetheart ~ Just these few words from me, Wherever thou may be, Forget-me-not.
3 3/8" x 2 1/4" x 6"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Girl in Hat with Flowers
Pull-Down

To My Valentine May this give a pledge to thee and speak in silence from me.
9 5/8" x 8 1/2"
In envelope dated 1908
Figures with Inkwell
Letters and Cat
honeycomb stand-up

by Chloe Preston

To My Valentine ~ 'Tis my delight to bring you this within its folds you'll find a kiss.
7 1/8" x 6 1/2"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Figures with Perfume Atomizer
Honeycomb Stand Up
Made in Germany

Forget me not I ask of Thee, Reserve one spot your heart for me.
4 3/4" x 5"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Figure playing Lute while another holds a teddy bear
and watches from the window
honeycomb stand-up

To My Valentine May this give a pledge to thee and speak in silence from me.
4 1/2" x 7 1/3"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Two figure with Blazing Hearts
and Flowers in an Urn
honeycomb stand-up

To My Valentine.
4 1/2" x 7 1/3"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Girl in Bonnet with Doll
and Basket of Hearts
mechanical flat card
Head and Eyes Move
by Chloe Preston
To One I Love.
4" x 3 1/8"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Girl in Striped Dress with
Umbrella and Basket of Hearts
Feet on Wheel to Walk
by Chloe Preston
To My Valentine.
4" x 3 1/8"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Figure with Hat, Umbrella, Basket of Hearts
and Duck in Pocket
Walking Feet on Wheel
by Chloe Preston


To My Valentine.
4 1/4" x 2 5/8"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Girl in Flowered Dress with Clown on String
Walking Feet
by Chloe Preston

To My Sweetheart.
6 1/4" x 4 1/2"
circa 1910s, 1920s

Girl in Flowered Bonnet with 
Cone of Hearts
Walking Feet
by Chloe Preston

These walking valentines feature chubby characters with big eyes and wide faces.  The multiple feet are on round discs that turn.  The figures are very detailed and feature wonderful colors and embossing.

To my Valentine.

6" x 8 1/2"
circa 1920s
by Chloe Preston
part of a series of walking cards
mechanical flat


Valentine Greetings.
2 7/8" x 4 7/8"
circa 1920s
Above Identified as by Cloe Preston on p 66 of Brenner's Valentine Treasury
a less typical example of her work

We can't yet be 100% positive, but we are reasonably convinced that this is the work of Chloe Preston (b 1887 - d 1969). While the English artist is best known for her Chunkies and Peek-A-Boo characters, she also created many valentines dating largely to the 1910s or so (WWI era). It is difficult to be very precise when discussing her valentines as they are not signed by her, making identification a challenge.

Her valentine figures tend to have large round eyes with many lashes, like these do. She also did considerable work incorporating red honeycomb or paper-puff on free-standing cards.

This one features a fireman theme, with a house ablaze and girl to be rescued. Crows fly above the red shingled roof.  One of the birds is holding a heart in its beak. The fire fighters wear black helmets with red hearts adorning the front. While one raises a ladder to the window, the other mans a leaky hose. Flowerpots fall from the balcony as an unused blue bucket sits below. It is a very active scene.

Despite the obvious damage (mainly to the upper bit of paper-puff), the beauty of this card remains. The detailing is fabulous, with much care paid not just to the figures, but to their surroundings as well.

The card stands 9 1/2" tall, 7" wide and about 4" deep. Its only marking notes that it was made in Germany. A faucet and note stand in the lower bit of paper-puff. The message on the note reads:

To my Valentine
This little card
I send to you
To tell you I
Continue true.

The flames are die-cut with yellow backing paper, adding a lovely glow to them as light peeks through.

Even if we were to find this was not the work of Ms. Preston, it was clearly created by a talented artist. This has become one of my favorites in my collection - now if only I could get a bit more repair done to that paper-puff.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Don't be Chicken my little Love Bird!



It would be DUCKY to have you for my Valentine!

4 1/4" x 3 7/8"
dated 1941
 Flat
 marked: made in USA


Love's Tribute - Just a word of greeting, But may it bear to you The hopes in my heart beating, Dear Valentine, for you.

3" x 3 3/8"
circa 190s, 1910s
 2-sided Flat

Oh, Pelican from the deep sea's brine - Carry oceans of love to my Valentine.

3 5/8" x 6 3/8"
circa 1930s 
Mechanical Flat
 marked: Printed in Germany
 Text refers to a 'Pelican' while image is of a penguin

Valentine  - I'm the BIRD that Loves You.  

2" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Flat
made in USA

Just HUMMING around to be your Valentine ~ I've gone DAFFY over you hope you'll learn to like me too.

2 5/8" x 5 1/8"
circa 1930s
Hummingbird and Daffodil
Mechanical Flat

Owly eyes are telling mine you will be my Valentine

5 7/8" x 4 7/8"
dated 1936
flat
A Pair of Owls Cuddle on a Branch
marked: Made in USA


You're the bird for me Valentine.

2 3/4" x 3 1/2"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Robin in Top Hat and Shoes
Flat


To My Valentine ~ Just a little valentine A little greeting too For someone who is very nice And that someone is you.

2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
dated 1925
single fold

Coulda PHONED ya --Coulda WIRED ya -- Coulda wrote a LETTER ~ But to say "I like you lots" A VALENTINE is better!

3 5/8" x 3 5/8" (3 5/8" x 7 1/4" opened)
dated 1948
french fold
by Hallmark
marked: 5V104-4

SWALLOW your pride and be my Valentine - I'd like to be a swallow, Then dart to you and say: "I love you dearly, truly, Be my Valentine Today."

2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
circa 1930s
made in USA
by Carrington
A in tree logo


With best wishes to My Valentine ~ I'm so Bashful! The Valentine's a fine invention For bashful chaps like me, I need not even sign my name A great relief, you see.

4" x 3 7/8" (4" x 7 3/4" opened)
Made in USA
by Whitney Made
circa 1930s
To one I love.

1 3/8" x 4 3/8"
Made in Germany
circa 1920s


You're OWL I want My Valentine.

5 1/2" x 2 3/4"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Mechanical Flat 


To my Valentine. Love. The thought of you makes my heart sing ~ I want to take you under my WING.

circa 1920s, 1930s
Mechanical Stork, Crane
made in USA

Mechanical Flat  

I'm sticking my neck out to ask U, to be my Valentine.

Ostrich in zoo
made in USA
Flat 



To One I Love
2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
circa 1910s/1920s
Mechanical Flat 
Made in Germany



To My Valentine
I can't begin to tell you
How happy it would make me
If you would be my Valentine
And never more forsake me.
3 1/4" x 4 1/2" (6 5/8" x 4 1/2" unfolded)
dated 1921
made by Whitney Made



Everything with me is DUCKY and my friends say I'm so Lucky. My Valentine!
5 7/8" x 3 7/8"
circa 1930s/1940s
made in USA

Fold-out  

 SPEAK UP
Whose Valentine are you?
3 1/8" x 4 3/8"
circa 1930s

Flat 
Made in USA
 

In friendship very true and sweet
This cheery valentine is sent on wings of love to greet
A charming friend of mine.

2 5/8" x 3 1/4" (2 5/8" x 6 1/2" open)
circa 1920s/1930s

Single-Fold 

 I'll have something to CROW about if you'll be My Valentine
7" x 5 3/8"
circa 1920s/1930s
mechanical rooster/chicken
made in USA

Flat 


Hi Lovebird! Have a SWEET Valentine!
4 1/4" x 5 1/4"
circa 1940s/1950s
Erco Candies

Lollipop Card


Here I am my Valentine!

made in Germany
circa 1930s
Female in Top hat rides a Large Bird 
Mechanical Flat  



To my Valentine Whoo says I can't stay in your Heart.

Owl pops up

circa 1930s 


Love Be Mine And I'll have Something to Crow About My Valentine.

4" x 7 3/8"
dated 1949
made in USA
mechanical flat