[LAYERED PAPER VALENTINE]. "My Heart is Thine/ Remember Me!" .
Single sided Valentine, (13cm x 9.5cm approx); decorative gilt design on tracing paper with rose motifs and a hand holding a letter on which is written 'My heart is thine'; folding back to reveal a hidden verse; right hand roses creased and expertly reinforced; some light marks and rubbing to upper left hand corner; some light tape residue marks to rear; with 'Millie' and 'Feb'y 14th 1900' also writen in pencil to verso; a lovely example of a fold-down Valentine, popular in the late Victorian period.
'Hidden' verse reads:
"These few lines to you are tendered
By a friend sincere and true,
Hoping but to be remembered,
When I'm far away from you."
Though dated 1900, this card with its hidden message was a popular design in the late Victorian period. On the one day of the year when the shy and straight-laced could show their affections, hiding the true message behind multiple layers added an element of security, as well as fun.