[MOVEABLE]. Couple with Camera; "Look Pleasant Please cause your [sic] my Valentine" Printed in Germany, [c. 1900]
Moveable turn-of-the-century Valentine (19 x 18.5cm approx.); with two figures and camera; the verse 'Look pleasant please cause your (sic) my Valentine' to lower edge; mechanism expertly repaired; a very clean example, more vibrant than others we have seen, with none of the usual fading; slightly browned to verso with some tape residue marks; previous ownership mark in pencil to rear and the product number '5518' just visible under one of the tape marks.
The design of camera in this design was typical of professional cameras used at the turn of the century, however the 1878 discovery that heat-ripening a gelatin emulsion could greatly increase sensitivity finally made so-called "instantaneous" snapshot exposures available. For the first time, a tripod or other support was no longer an absolute necessity, and amateur photographers and "candid" portraits started to become popular.
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