Charles Howard

Found Out!

Offset lithograph, c.1900.
Paper size 13 5/8 x 9 5/8" (34.6 x 24.5 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98459
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
"Alack! And Alas! Oh, what shall you do? / 'Twill be ever the mitten, poor fellow, for you; / Unless (what's unlikely) amongst womenkind / A worse fool than yourself you are able to find."

The letter in his hand reads "Feb 14 : You little chump : I find you are such a life like fool that I would not marry you if you were a I dooooooo : So I send you a lie mitten." In the upper left is the mitten with a tag reading "Transfer 23-skidoo - "

23-skidoo was a popular slang-phrase used in the United States in the early 20th century. It roughly translates to "Get Lost."

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