Charles Howard

On the Trail.

Offset lithograph, c.1900.
Paper size 13 5/16 x 9 11/16" (33.8 x 24.6 cm).
Generally good condition, lower left corner slightly cropped.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98467
Price: $30.00
Publisher :
"If you'd lassoo [sic] a real live man / And dope him, as you only, can, / Then cut his throat and shoot him through, / He might be coaxed to marry you."

The sign in the upper right reads, "Notice: I am desperate and must have a man : signed Old Maid."

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