Sunday, January 19, 2014

Smoking - Cigarettes on Valentines

I'm DOG-GONE crazy about you And send this loving TALE - Unless you'll be My Valentine I'll simply HOWL and WAIL.

8 1/2" x 5"
circa 1920s, 1930s 
Mechanical Flat
 Articulated Limbs, Head and Tail
Unusual Smoking Figure

From a box set of mechanical cards to assemble (pieces were to be punched out from a sheet) made by Carrington. Cards from this set do not have Carrington's mark on the back. Box was titled Carrington's Mechanical Material for Making Valentines. The box lid featured a boy in a sailor suit holding a dog by a leash with a girl in a dress holding a cat on a leash. The boy and girl are drawn with articulated limbs just like the finished cards in the set, but are not the same as the boy and girl cards in the set. The set included a clown, a cat in a clown-type outfit, a boy holding a toy boat, a girl in frilly reddish dress and bonnet holding a heart, and this smoking dog. All have articulated limbs. There may have been other figures included in the set, but these are the ones I am certain were part of it.

 To my Valentine

2" x 3 7/8"
circa 1910s
smoking cupid
by Jason Freixas
(a few sources spell the last name differently, moving the 'i' to the other side of the 'x': Jason Frexias)
made in Germany

Please don't BAIT me Valentine!
To LAND me you won't need a hook, line or sinker - All I want is affection - Start usin' your thinker!

3" x 4 1/8"
circa 1940s
made in USA

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