Valentine with pale green center in which stands a young man, who appears to be talking to the fairy resting among the stems of daisies, which wind around the boy. The initials "R.E." are printed to the right of the boys shoes. Text on back of card reads: 'Mid the smiling daisies, in the meadow mazes,/As I strayed,/Thinking of my sweetest, nattiest, and neatest/Little maid;/Soft I heard a murmur, fine, but growing firmer:/Then, intent,/Glancing here and yonder, I began to wonder/What it meant./As I paused to listen, thro' the dewdrops' glisten,/There was seen/On a throne, upholden with a footstool golden,/A wee queen!/'Sure that art a fairy, O, so light and airy,/Gracious Elf!/Begging your permission, have you any mission/To myself/"/Not a muscle stirred I, then a rustle heard I,/And a hum:/"I'm the daisy queen, sir, as you may have seen, sir./And I come,/With a message laden: There's a certain maiden,/Fair and fine,/Don't forget to send her a most sweet and tender/Valentine."
Daisies; Fairies; Flowers; Greeting cards; Prang, Louis, 1824-1909; Valentines; Verses (Poetry); Young men
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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