CAN'T YOU LOSE HER, POOR FELLOW?

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Charles Howard


Can't You Lose Her, Poor Fellow?

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

Inventory Number: 98474
Price: $25.00
Publisher :
"She's a darling of darlings! That's certain, old man! / Not long after marriage your troubles began. / No wonder you're tempted to stay out at night; / Were I you, for unknown parts I'd quickly take flight."

Hanging from the phonograph is a tag reading "My Darling Voice?" and from its horn emits her venomous words, "Come shell out the dough / I want money - money -see? / Your only half a man / I'll knock your stupid block off / Jump off the dock!"

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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