Charles Howard

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Offset lithograph, c.1900.
Paper size 13 5/8 x 9 5/8" (34.6 x 24.5 cm).
Good condition, soft crease in the lower right corner.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98470
Price: $30.00
Publisher :
"You come and eat and eat and eat / And come again and then repeat; / But, did you ever spend a cent / On any one --- where'er you went?"

The sign reads, "Hobo's Home Resturant. Special for to-day : Rat stew a la Waldorf Astoria : Bow-Wow Sausage with simpl. sauer kraut : Mystical miature with picked garbage : Fried sole (shot) very tender and delicate : Broiled equine steak with a sauce that heats to Delmonico. Five cents each with beer."

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