[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Valentine with Couple and Cherub. Printed in Germany, [c.1900].
3D valentine; (10 x 14cm approx.); with chromolithograph cherub, couple, and roses; with honeycomb tissue connector to front section; 'To my Valentine' printed to fold-down; a very nice, fresh example, the print just beginning to faintly crack in places; one or two very light corner creases; and with previous ownership inscriptions, possibly in the same hand, to rear. The first reading 'To Laura', the second simply 'Walter'.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Valentines were sent in such great numbers that postmen were given a special allowance for refreshments to help them through the extraordinary exertions of the two or three days leading up to February 14th.