A JUGGLER OF HEARTS, HA! HA!

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Charles Howard


A Juggler of Hearts, Ha! Ha!

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

Inventory Number: 98471
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
"You think you trifle with the men; / You've been engaged to more than ten; / But this we know to be a fact, / They wooed to find out how you'd act."

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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