[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Square Valentine with Doves and Roses. Printed in Germany, [c. 1890].
Late Victorian Chromolithographed Valentine, (22.5 x 12.5cm aprox.); with intricate die-cut arches, doves, figures and roses; some delicate repair work to card tabs; creases to the very extremities, as is common; and pencil note to the intended recipient, 'Daddy' to the fold-down.
After the Industrial Revolution, day-to-day life became busier, and society became accustomed to buying things they had previously been made by hand. This replaced layered, lace paper and hand drawn cards with printed Valentines, however, as this example proves, the creations were no less beautiful.
Printed address 'To my Valentine' obscured when card stands upright.