[LACE PAPER VALENTINE]. Girl eating Ice Cream. Worcester: Whitney, [c.1920].
Square paper valentine (16cm x 16cm approx.), embossed and decorated with a floral, heart and gilt design; a girl eating ice cream serving as a centrepiece; overlaid with delicate lace paper frame, on which one further sticker is attached (another sadly lacking); a lovely example, the lace paper ever-so-slightly nicked; a few faint spots to verso; very good, bearing the Whitney mark.
Verse inside the card reads:
"O, nobody's listening!
So come till I tell you,
And don't speak a word
'Till all of it's said!
My heart it is lost
And I know you
have found it!
And you must just give me Your own
The Whitney card company was in business from 1866 to 1942, when paper shortages caused by the ongoing World War caused many card manufacturers to close. By 1888, George Whitney had purchased over 10 of his competitor's companies, most noteably Esther Howland's New England Valentine Company. This is a slightly later Whitney card, most likely from the early 1920s, but retains the lace paper design which was first popularised by Howland in the 19th century.