[3D VALENTINE]. Cherubs in Crepe Paper Basket. [Pennsylvania]: Copyright The Beistle Co., 1926.
An elaborate printed Valentine; (19 x 22cm approx.); with pull-out crepe paper mechanisms fixing 360° to become a basket; the backdrop showing cherubs, heart with the message 'Be my Valentine', and an assortment of flowers including purple lilac and roses; near-fine, with some light corner creases and rubbing; the crepe paper perhaps slightly discoloured and creased; an unusual design of early Valentine.
With patents printed to one side: July 14 1925, July 27 1926, July 27 1926 and 'other patents pending'. The Beistle Company, based in Pennsylvania and a large creator of cutouts, cards, centrepieces and much more, are very much still in business. Founded in 1900 by Martin Luther Beistle in the basement of his home near Pittsburgh, Beistle became famous in the USA for partnering with Paper Novelty Company and soon becoming a pioneer in honeycombed tissue decorations creating a variety of products including bells, balls, toys and Easter bunny nests. Over time the Beistle Company expanded its catalogue to cover all the holidays from Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. They are today most famous for their Halloween decorations.
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