SLOW SUICIDE.

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Charles Howard


Slow Suicide.

Offset lithograph, c.1900.
Paper size 13 5/8 x 9 5/8" (34.6 x 24.5 cm).
Good condition, two small tears along the left paper edge.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98454
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
"If health and strength a man would lose, : One certain means there is to choose --- / Inhale the cigarette's deadly smoke, / And prematurely he will croak."

A "Penny Dreadful" or "Vinegar Valentine." While most think of Valentine's Day as a celebration of romance, there was a market in the 19th and early 20th century for those who viewed the day with higher grades of snark. These snide Valentines were often sent to those the buyer disliked (back when mail could be sent anonymously), or to those who shared a similar sense of humor. Their production began as early as the 1820s but did not become popular until the concept of Valentine's Day exploded in the late 19th century.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Valentine , Penny Dreadful / Vinegar Valentines

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