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February 14, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Heart beats (Noun, not verb)

Valentines dangerous?

What were they thinking.

Never intended to be a blood sport.

Vintage Valentines card with Pirate and pistols. 1920's (USPD., artist life/

1920. Inviting someone to become a Prisoner of Love? Nothing says “I love you” like being held at gun point. OK, it’s simply a pirate trying to steal your heart. A one-armed pirate, or is the hand behind back with fingers crossed? Who knows. Anyway, totally captivating.(USPD/

Valentine postcard with couple in boat. Nat.Lib.of Norway (USPD., artist life, released/

Not sure from her expression if she’s strangling him for having the nerve to try and kiss her after she agreed to go for a boat ride or if she bragged to all her friends THIS WAS THE DAY she’d finally get that ring only he thought flowers and a romantic boat ride was enough. There’s some sort of story there.(USPD/

Vintage Valentines postcard of girl holding basket of flowers and a letter. Newberry/Lauder collection of raphael Tuck and Sons postcards (, artist life/

Never going to live that hair down. Do you suppose this was one of those murals with a circle cut out so people could stick their head through for a souvenir picture? An item of hilarity probably brought out at family reunions for decades. (USPD/

Corn and Squash on sitting closely couch. Vegetable comic Valentine. 1945.(USPD. no known CR,, artist life/

1945. In an agricultural society, things tend to be a little more earthy. Corny. With a little odd word choice by the squash. It’s a squash.(USPD./

Squirrel holding heart on vintage Valentines Card. 1940's (USPD. no known CR mark, artist life/

1940’s He wouldn’t give you a glance or time of day? Well, this self-confident squirrel knows who she is! Oh. It’s literal…offering a gift – a healthy gift! True love!(USPD//

Vintage Valentine with hearts and lacy cut outs (From Wellcome Trust/

No, no. Not threatening stalker material. Early fan mail. There is such a thing as sweet, thoughtful, and simply good.(WellcomeTrust/

The relics ordinary people leave behind tell a lot about their times.

Or so we think. There’s a lot of guessing and jumping to conclusions involved.

Sort of like modern eras deciding to interpret cave paintings

Hey, some of these cards are pretty old. Hidden away, these could become our cave paintings to future generations.

Bafflingly amusing when out of context.

Be kind with Valentines.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Vintage Valentines card. Quite elegant with little girl with sign on a fold-out gazebo. Intricate diecut multi layer card. (Wellcome Trust. UK /

May a bit of old fashioned beauty and love fold into your Valentines Day. (Wellcome Trust/USPD/


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  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 14 2020 6:43 am

    love the squirrel card…. Have a good valentines day… we bought chewing bones instead of flowers today LOL


  2. shoreacres / Feb 14 2020 6:44 am

    I love that squirrel, of course. But what surprised me most is that I’d forgotten those paper thingies that you folded out to make 3-D greetings. Now I’m remembering the other ways they were used. We had a red Christmas bell made of that kind of honeycomb paper — such fun! I think there might have been full sized, fold out hearts for our classroom parties, too. Those were the good days: decorating shoeboxes, trading valentines, eating as many decorated heart cookies as we could manage. Cupcakes weren’t a ‘thing,’ yet.


  3. Ally Bean / Feb 14 2020 7:07 am

    I like all the cards, but adore the corny one. Now what does that say about me in this era liking that kind of humor from another? Happy Valentine’s Day


  4. marina kanavaki / Feb 14 2020 7:33 am

    Happy Valentines to you too and all the company! 🙂 🙂


  5. Kate Crimmins / Feb 14 2020 7:45 am

    They will have a field day with the inane cards I send my husband. I’m not a mushy romantic and much prefer to get a hardy laugh.


  6. Spinster / Feb 14 2020 10:36 am

    These are nice. My favorite is the one in which the girl looks like she’s trying to strangle the boy. Whatever the reason is fine with me. *smirk*


  7. sustainabilitea / Feb 14 2020 2:55 pm

    Those are lots of retro fun. I bought my husband a pop-up card from Aldi. The only place where they’re both cute and inexpensive…$1.99. 😉. I also made him macaroons, got a really good bottle of bubbly (which we’ll share with friends tomorrow night), and we’re having a special dinner tonight at home with some red wine. Win-win-win. Happy Valentine’s to all of you.



  8. colonialist / Feb 15 2020 8:47 am

    (Being pedantic) Heartbeat as a noun is one word not two.
    The squirrel is the best!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 15 2020 11:29 am

      HA! You noticed.
      It would be one word (Noun) if the “beat” was intended to just act as one specific meaning.
      A verb (“strike repeatedly” “drive back by blows”..a bit vicious given the day?) –
      As in “beat down” (under cupid attack? Locally the competition for romantic bragging rights is pretty rough..)..
      Or “beat” (noun) like area of expertise/ activity? (Police beat, newspaper beat)
      Or “beat” meaning “exhausted” – as an adjective, There’s always the emphasis/stress in music…(makes the world go round-ish?)
      Who has time for all this stuff?…Squirrels it is!
      (Thanks for playing along – the title was wrestled with…blame the squirming vagueness on all the political ambiguous speeches currently here)


      • colonialist / Feb 15 2020 1:33 pm

        Attaching ‘heart’ to any of the other beats doesn’t make sense to me and has me beat. The meaning of the ticking of one’s ticker still only requires one word.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2020 11:06 am

          So nice you came ready to stay and play. (Funny how the brain fills in errors of spacing or letters without telling? Who really is in charge?)
          Debated on whether to use the plural of “beat” or not. (“When Hearts Attack” as a title just didn’t seem right for Valentines)


  9. David Bennett / Feb 17 2020 2:12 pm

    I am bookmarking this for next year. 🙂


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