Charles Howard

Waiting at the Church.

Offset lithograph, c.1900.
Paper size 13 3/8 x 9 3/4" (33.8 x 24.7 cm).
Good condition, minor damages along the edges.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98485
Price: $30.00
Publisher :
"Oh! What an awful look shine! / To be a nice man's Valentine! / The note he wrote was such a joke, / Your friends will laugh until they choke."

The note reads, "Feb 14 - : Dear old gal, I find I can not marry you to day my wife won't let me. Sorry but I am glad of it. Sorry to have kept you watching at the church."

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