Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Newspapers




My SOLE thought is NEWS of you. You are My Valentine.

4 3/4" x 4 5/8"
circa 1930s
Novelty Card with Removable Newspaper


The very best NEWS That I could hear If you would only call me dear! Valentine "Special."

5 1/2" x 7 3/8"
circa 1940s, 1950s
A-Meri-Card
marked: 0-209
Mechanical


Valentine News (assorted headlines) ~ I'm EXTRA fond of you my Valentine.

3 1/4" x 4 1/4" (4 1/4" x 6 1/2" opened)
circa 1920s
single-fold

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Animal - Lions, Tigers and other Big Cats


Love I'm just a Jungle Lover Valentine

2 3/4" x 6"
circa 1950s, 1960s
Flat

Watch your step Something tells me - you'd better to be My Valentine.

5 3/8" x 6 3/4"
circa 1920s
Mechanical Flat

by Charles Twelvetrees
made in Germany


To My Valentine

7 1/4" x 5 3/4" (with mouth opened)
circa 1920s
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany

Part of a series - Click here to see more in the series

My smile is not LION For you I'm die'n my Valentine.

4 1/4" x 5 5/8"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Mechanical Flat
made in USA

I'm not A-LION when I say Be My Valentine Today!
3 1/4" x 5"
1940s
mechanical flat
made in USA


I'm WILD about you Valentine! Be Mine!

2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
circa 1950s
Flat
made in USA
by A-Meri-Card
marked: 9400



This isn't just a LION Valentine! Be Mine.

2 5/8" x 3 3/4"
circa 1950s
Flat
made in USA
marked: 752/2

Don't be so Hard to TAME Valentine - say you're mine!

5 1/2" x 2 3/4"
circa 1950s
Flat
marked: P-915/3
Litho in USA

Eat Your Heart Out - Rotating Wheel Mechanical series

This is a series of Cards from the 1920s featuring animals and figures eating hearts. The number of cards in the series, the maker and artist are all unknown.

To One I Love

6 7/8" x 5 3/4" (with mouth opened)
circa 1920s
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany



To My Valentine

6" x 5 1/2" (with mouth opened)
dated 1926
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany


Valentine Greetings

6 1/4" x 5 1/4" (with mouth opened)
circa 1920s
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany



To My Valentine

7 1/4" x 5 3/4" (with mouth opened)
circa 1920s
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany


Valentine Greetings

6 1/4" x 5 3/4" (with mouth opened)
circa 1920s
mechanical mouth
with rotating wheel
made in Germany

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



I'll "Sweep you Off Your Feet" If you will be my Partner for Life!


5 1/2" x 3"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Mechanical Flat
marked: Made in U.S.A.
no other publisher's marks
Bear appears to be looking at partner's exposed panties

Friday, January 18, 2013

Professions - Grocer, Retailer

How 'Bout it? You could be the apple of my eye Valentine.

5 5/8" x 5 1/4"
dated 1947
Standing Fold-Out
Grocer with Pencil Behind his Ear and Basket of Apples
marked: made in USA


 I'm delivering my love to the nicest VALENTINE I know!

4 7/8" x 6 3/4"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Fold-Out
made in USA


Valentine Special ~ I just want you to know---

Register
circa 1940s, 1950s
Fold-Out
made in USA

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Construction Vehicles and Trucks


None of this truck for me - All I want is YOUR heart.

2 5/8" x 3"
circa 1920s
  Flat

Can'tcha SHOVE a little love my way? Hiya, Valentine!

4 1/2" x 5 1/4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
Standing Fold-Out
made in USA


Oh, what you've done to my Heart! Valentine Be Mine. 
made in USA
circa 1940s, 1950s

The Help - Maids and Household Staff

Loving Wishes
1 3/4" x 3 1/4"
circa 1920s
Flat
made in Germany


 To My Valentine I'm just a little MAID-IN-WAITING who'd like to have some HEAVY DATING (with you).

3 1/4" x 10" flat
circa 1920s
Standing Fold Out
made in USA