[MOVEABLE]. "Say Something, It's Up To You" Worcester, U.S.A: Whitney Made, [n.d. c.1940].
Single-sided Valentine (11.5 x 16cm approx.); with a woman dressed in blue receiving a bouquet from a suited admirer; bearing the title 'Valentine Greetings'; split-pin allowing the male figure to fold twice, from either a fully standing or kneeling position; some light shelf wear to recto; verso bearing surface wear from previous adhesive being removed; still a fresh example.
Whitney was one of the leading manufacturers of Valentine's cards between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with the company lifespan spread over 77 years of card design. George Whitney himself worked under the Dame of Valentine Card production, Esther Howland, with some of his early examples being almost indistinguishable from those of his employer. He purchased Howland's company, the New England Valentine Company in 1880. Eventually, due to paper shortages brought on by the Second World War, his company suffered the same fate. Whitney was bought up by Chicago's Carrington in 1942. This card is one of the company's last examples bearing the Whitney mark, with a clever mechanical feature.