Country Scene with Layered Papers

[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Country Scene with Layered Papers.

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[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Country Scene with Layered Papers. Worcester: Whitney, [1880].

Small pocked-sized Valentine (12.5cm x 9cm approx.) printed in pink and gold, overlaid with secondary paper printed in mauve, then an intricate lace flower border with 'Love's offering' and 'I think of thee' stickers attached; cut-through design to small cliffside scene with couple; a little toned, as is common; 'Louisa' written in pencil to verso, along with 'W' denoting the Whitney mark (above which a previous hand has helpfully written the printer in pencil); near-fine.
Verse inside the card reads:
"Oh! heaving, ebbing, surging sea,
This is the thought thou bringest to me;-
Restless, unquiet life's brief tide,
Rest only is found at my loved one's side."
An early Whitney card, evidenced from his earlier simple logo 'W'. Like other companies of the same period, Whitney imported the intricate lace papers as seen in this example from England. Later, keen to cut the costs of shipping, he would go on to develop his own lace paper machinery in Worcester, Massachusetts. This move would be one of the contributing factors to his success.