Hand produced Esther Howland Valentine with perforated, white lace decorated with images placed at the four corners of the cameo center; images include flower vases, birds, and a young boy. Cameo center reveals a decorative scene of a windmill. Lift-up valentines were credited to Howland, in which the lace was pasted to the card base at the four corners with heavy paper folded three times to provide movement of the lace. Card opens to reveal verse entitled "Love" which reads: Love the? yes, with love replete,/Still for thee my heart shall glow;/Till my pulse shall cease to beat,/Or the streams of life to flow. N.E.V.Co. 10 embossed on the back of the card.
Birds; Boys; Children; Flower vases; Greeting cards; Handicraft; Howland, Esther Allen, 1828-1904; Paper craft; Valentines; Verses (Poetry); Windmills; Young men
New England Valentine Company (Worcester MA)
8.25 x 12 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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