The Persistent Vitality of Popular Follies
Some of the earliest comic valentines were devoted to caricatures of people or were directed at various trades, usually humorous portraits accompanied by extremely uncomplimentary verses that were calculated to wound.
One of the different forms which a sportive ingenuity has devised for the abuse of Valentines Day and its custom of sending through the Post-Office epistolary compliments to the ladies and gentlemen of your acquaintance, makes a considerable display in the lower class of stationers shops.
It consists of pictures, more or less comical, and more or less resembling any persons you may chance to know, accompanied usually by a few lines of verse, intended to describe their individual characters from a satirical point of view.
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