[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Children with flower basket and cards. Printed in Germany, [c.1900].
Three-tier pop-up card; (11 x 14.5cm approx.); depicting two figures, one carrying baskets of flowers, the other a pile of love letters; with flowers and dove to front panel; 'To my Valentine' printed to fold-down and red 'honeycomb' tissue connector; front section rather creased from bad folding; previous tape to fold-down edge; else a very good example with orginal props intact.
With inscriptions in two different hands to rear. The first reads ''This is from Dorothy Jois Trogral'; the second 'To Ruth from Guess Who?' in a slightly more child-like hand.
Around the turn of the 20th century, German manufacturers began to dominate the market with clever “mechanical” valentines that folded out to create three-dimensional scenes. Increasingly, these types of cards were aimed at children, rather than romantic adults, owing to the 'fun' nature of the designs.