FREE FOR ALL.

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Charles Howard


Free For All.

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

Inventory Number: 98460
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
"Your heart is such a soft, old thing, /It is not worth a wedding ring. / For any kind of man you cry, / Best even the worse ones pass you by."

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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