Tag Archive | Valentine

How to soften a hard heart

To take away the nasty taste of the Vinegar Valentines, here’s something a little sweeter!

Advice from a greetings card, probably 1870s.

Experia_168

Vinegar Valentines: for the one you love to hate?

The collection of greetings cards at BMAG includes a sample album marked ‘Comic Vals’, owned by a Victorian cardseller and probably dating from the 1870s. Most of the samples in the album are ‘Vinegar Valentines’: insulting cards mocking the recipient’s appearance, profession or behaviour and predicting a loveless future. 

Whether received from an embittered ex or a cruel practical joker, it would have been a nasty surprise to open any of these on Valentine’s day.

Experia_190
Experia_189
Experia_193

Experia_173

Experia_177
Experia_184

Experia_186

Experia_170
Val1

This card lulls the unfortunate recipient into a false sense of security with a pretty and sentimental cover, but when it’s opened there’s a sting in the tail:

Experia_196

Experia_197

Find out more about the history of Vinegar Valentines in this article from Brighton Royal Pavilion & Museums.