Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mayhem! Violence, Disturbing Themes; Odd and Creepy Characters on Valentine Cards


How many can you keep on the string at one time?.

3 1/2" x 7 1/2"
circa 1930s
Standing Flat

with figure cut-outs on string
no publisher's marks
easel stand on the back


It STRIKES me that I love you.

4 3/4" x 7"
dated 1934
mechanical Flat
made in Germany 

Be my Valentine. I'm up a tree and awful blue Give me your heart that's the thing to do.

4 7/8" x 7 7/8"
dated 1933
figure is hinged to "tumble" from tree
mechanical flat

Let me take a STAB at being your Valentine.

2 7/8" x 5 1/2"
circa 1950s, 1960s
Revolutionary-Style figure Brandishing a Sword

Flat
made in USA


Old Chappy I'm aiming for a DEAR I 'ope I get 'er.

3 5/8" x 5"
dated 1934
made in USA
 Stand-Up
Girl hides from Hunter with Gun


Baby you sure play Havoc with my Heart.

5 3/8" x 6 1/2"
circa 1920s, 1930s
Standing Fold-Out
made in Germany

A figure in a car watches  through the window

Ashes to ashes Dust to dust Show me a woman A man can trust!

5 1/4" x 3 7/8"
circa 1920s, 1930s
 Man carries a heavy pail marked "ashes" paired with a verse using a line commonly invoked at funerals - makes you wonder what (or who?) really is in the pail. It could be interpreted as suggesting a dead woman is the woman a man can trust
Flat 


 I'd snap you up if you said be my valentine.

4 1/2" x 6 3/4"
circa 1930s
cards moves so that figure falls into alligator's mouth
mechanical flat


My dear Sweetheart.

3" x 3 3/4"
circa 1930s
A figure hides behind the bushes
mechanical flat
printed in Germany



Say, I'm not YELLOW with you as My Valentine I can Fight any Fellow.

Figure with yellow celluloid over his face
wearing boxing gloves
circa 1940s, 1950s
Standing Fold-Out
made in USA



I'll be green with envy if SOMEBODY ELSE is your Valentine.

6 1/2" x 2 7/8"
circa 1940s 
Mechanical Flat
 marked: Made in USA



I don't want you to be my brother I want you to be my Valentine.

4 1/4" x 7"
circa 1930s, 1940s 
Mechanical Flat
 marked: Made in USA

On this card we have both the strange movement of the chin with the crossed eyes and a rather oddly worded message

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