[MOVEABLE]. Boy on Rocking Horse. Chicago, Ill.: Carrington Co., [c. 1930]
Moveable Valentine; (10.5 x 13.5cm approx.); showing a young boy carrying a heart on which is written 'To my Valentine', asride a rather jolly rocking horse; die-cut section allowing the figure to be lifted up and down; 'You're my Hobby' printed to lower section; some creasing, particularly to horse's neck and ends of rocking horse runners; a couple of tape residue marks to verso, with two ink inscriptions: 'From H R'; and 'Johnny from H. R.'; a bright example of a pre-war Valentine.
We can trace cards produced by The George S. Carrington Company from 1917. The brand also produced books and games, as well as cards for many different occasions. In 1937, the company made the headlines when retired president Charles Sherman Ross was kidnapped and held for ransom. He was found dead along with one of the kidnappers, James Atwood Gray. What followed was an FBI manhunt which led to the capture in early 1938 of the culprit at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California.
Wartime pressures meant that even the most successful card companies such as Raphael Tuck began to suffer due to paper shortages. One victim was the famous George C Whitney Company of Worchester, Massachusetts. They were bought out by Carrington in 1942, who purchased the presses and remaining stock. Carrington continued into the mid 20th century, with their address printed on a number of game boxes from that time indicating that they were still in business and dealing out of West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, into the late 1950s. In 1955 they too closed their doors for the final time.