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Comic Valentines. [Probably New York, 1861-1865].

Comic Valentine Although there are greeting cards today that incorporate satire and humor in an affectionate message, it is difficult to understand how any woman could send one of these to a soldier.

The one depicted here bears the line "pity that your uniform did not make you bolder." It is one of a group of twenty-nine comic valentines, all dating from the era of the Civil War.


Purchased from Robert Rubin of Brookline, Massachusetts. Anonymous Fund #1.

-Georgia B. Barnhill, Andrew B. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts

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