Fan-shaped valentine, decorated with pale pink, silk fringe and a fringed tassel, depicts Cupid flying in a basket of flowers pulled by two pairs of white doves. He is flying over a flower-decorated balcony. Text on the front of the card reads: Sing, merrily sing/Cupid is now King! "King of Hearts" is printed beneath the doves. Back of fan depicts a young man kneeling in front of a young woman. who is standing in front of an arbor of roses. The woman is dressed in red, white, and yellow, the man in red and white. Text on the back reads: Oh keep my secret well,/Dear roses, never tell/The perfect bliss /Of this First kiss!
Cupids (Art); Doves; Fans (Accessories); Flowers; Greeting cards; Roses; Valentines; Verses (Poetry); Young men; Young women
19 x 8.5 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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