Valentine depicts a young woman dressed in a 19th a century purple dress, wearing a matching hat, which has a pink feather plume on top. She is wearing pale yellow gloves. Woman is holding a small bouquet of yellow and purple flowers. She is standing in front of a forest of trees in full leaf. The initials "R.E." are printed on the grass to the left of the woman. Back of card is beige, with a large green vase with a bouquet of flowers spreading up and around the left and top of the card. Verse on back of card reads: There is a little sweet-faced purple flower,/Much prized by poets, often set in song;/To rich and poor it doth alike belong;/It blooms in gardens gay and rustic bower:/By lovers it is loved exceedingly:/They call it heart's ease-May I send it thee?/There is a sweet-faced joy, worth more than gold;/Wealth cannot buy it, it is more than fame;/The rich and poor it careth for the same,/And visits now the young and now the old./By lovers it is prized exceedingly:'/'Tis names hearts' ease: O wilt thou give it to me?. The initials E.S.F are printed below the verse.
Bouquets; Greeting cards; Prang, Louis, 1824-1909; Valentines; Women
L. Prang & Co. (Boston)
17 x 10.75 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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