Fold-down Card with Chinese Figures

[ORIENTAL VALENTINE.]. Fold-down Card with Chinese Figures.

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[ORIENTAL VALENTINE.] Fold-down Card with Chinese Figures. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, [c.1910]. Designed at the Studios in New York and printed at the Fine Art Works in Saxony.

Folding Valentine in three sections (33 x 14cm when extended); embossed and die-cut in multiple colours, featuring three couples in traditional dress, cherubs and oriental flowers; the banner 'To my Love' and a short verse; Tuck trademark printed in green to verso; some light spotting here, and marginal rubbing and marking, one crease just ever-so-slightly beginning to split; else near-fine.
Verse reads:
"Dearest, I think of you all day
And dream of you at night,
Without you,
life is dull and grey,
With you, all things are bright."
Raphael Tuck migrated to England with his wife and children from Prussia, and opened a shop in London in 1866. He revolutionised the modern postcard, by persuading the British Postmaster General to accept the standardised postcard format (a picture on one side and space for a message and address on the other). This example seems to be an expansion on that theme, with three postcard-sized images in a row, and the reverse blank.

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