[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Valentine with Flower Basket. [c.1915].
Pop-up die-cut chromolithographed card; (21.5 x 13.5cm approx.); showing couple, flower basket, flower garlands and entwined hands; with tissue embellishment to front fold; 'True Love's offering' to fold-down, and cut-through arches to sections 3 and 4; props a touch fragile, one expertly reattached; a near-fine example of an early 20th century 'mechanical' card.
With previous ink note 'To Alva[?] from Elmorand Earl' and dated Feb. 14. 1915. Though dated 1915, the style and printing quality of this example suggests that it may actually be older, possibly even from the late 19th century. The verse pasted to the last section reads:
"Never! Oh never!
Another can be:
So gentle, so kind
And so smiling as thee".