The Scrap Album - Site Guide

A collection of curious valentines

The Cause of it All

Two splendid comic valentines lampooning the men responsible for producing large numbers of these reproachful and insulting sheets - the lithographic printer and wood engraver.

  • An Engraver you may be by trade
  • But withal you’re a curious blade,
  • Whose rule every night, is to go to bed tight,
  • That the bloom on your nose may ne’er fade.
  • Chop away, cut and butcher your block,
  • Never listen again for a knock,
  • For you in my eyes, I loathe and despise
  • As the ugliest sheep in the flock.


  • Of Lithographic Printers
  • See here a living proof,
  • Now is he not a perfect type
  • Of everything uncouth.
  • A great impression of dislike
  • He leaves on every mind,
  • The women too avoid his press
  • You very quickly find.



  • Both items
  • Comic valentine
  • No publisher
  • 127 x 203mm (5 x 8in)
  • Mid 19th century

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