Cobweb valentine designed so that the central bouquet can be opened via the use of the blue string, shown in the image, to reveal a more detailed scene behind the cobweb. In this case, a young boy, dressed as a court jester, with a clock in the center of his tunic, is standing in front of a verse that reads: Papa, I'm a good little boy,/And I send you this valentine,/I don't care for books or for toys,/Top boots are more in my line. Card is made of embossed paper, with scalloped edges bordered in red. An image of a pansy sits atop the card, and a cross, heart, and anchor amongst a bouquet of flowers is displayed below the cobweb. Cobweb valentines were the precursors to mechanical valentines.
Boys; Bouquets; Cobwebs; Greeting cards; Paper craft; Valentines; Verses (Poetry)
8 x 5.75 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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