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February 14, 2023 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Hark to heart

Woman reading Valentines. Horsley painting. (USPD. artist life 1817-1903, reprod of 2D PD art/

Ah the celebration of love arrives. Shall we peruse some vintage Valentines for some lighthearted amusement?. (USPD/

Valentine entertainment. "Pfc. Omer Pelletier, 31392497, Lowell, Massachusetts, Quartermaster Corps, Camp Lee, Virginia, and his dog "Snooks" are shown entertaining at the Valentine Party held for the Port personnel and their guests at the Port Gymnasium, HPE, Newport News, Virginia. Official photograph U.S. Army Signal Corps, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, Virginia."(USPD, artist life/

It’s not what you think! This pair is not practicing for an audition for America’s Got Talent. Entertainment at Camp Lee/Newport News, Virginia with Pfc. Omer Pelletier and “Snooks”during a Valentine’s Party. So much was less demanding then. (USPD/

Life Magazine cover for Valentines: woman holidng cupid hostage. 1892 (USPD,, artist life/

Interesting 1892 Life Magazine cover for Valentine’s issue. Is the woman holding Cupid hostage or refusing to have her heart stolen? He does have a bow and arrow…(USPD/

Saturday Evening Post Valentine cover (1910/ USPD,, artist life/

Poor postal employees. If it’s not pit bulls, it’s a pushy, young boss. Maybe this postman warned the purple lady above about the bipolar temperament of Cupid? (1910/USPD/

1906 Blackboard drawing Valentine. (USPD artist life,

Well, this card passed out in a classroom party would cause quite a ruckus these day. That kid would be instantly rushed to the office and interrogated. “Why did you think violence and guns was at all appropriate for Valentines?! Oh, is that your mom in the purple illustration? Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…Quick call CPS!” (From 1906- back when everyone had a sense of humor and generally knew the difference between between fantasy/make believe and real life. USPD/

Arrogant boy on Valentine postcard. 1915. (USPD, artist life/

Arrogant Self-confident boy on 1915 Valentine postcard. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. (USPD/

Funny Valentines message 1915 ( Missouri Historical Museum (USPD,, artist life/

Obviously bought by someone who has had to deal with parental disapproval. Perhaps the recipient one of  the boys of the cards above? What teen doesn’t love a rebel – and one the parents hate? (1915/USPD/

Boy in window getting valentine delivered by bird. (Vintage, Victorian from Archives of NZ. USPD., artist life/

Unsuspecting boy receives a special delivery Valentine. (Archives of NZ. USPD/

Guess this kid never saw that movie “The Birds” or he wouldn’t be leaning out in such precarious fashion on that flimsy looking balcony.

Hmmm, if he’s similar to the boy with the red bow tie above, would he be a candidate for  a “special” Valentine?

Vintage Valentine golfer hitting heart. (1915. Missouri Historical Museum/USPD,, artist life/

Passive aggressive double meaning here? Maybe a visual warning message to “Stop kicking my heart around”. (1915.USPD/

1861 vintage BW Valentines card showing scenes of the day. (USPD,, artist life/LoC/

1861 Valentine’s Day preparations. But what’s with the silly geese at the top corner? Oh, maybe donors of feathers for ink quills? Love hurts, they say. (USPD/

Superman Valentine. 1940's (USPD, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.

Well, we’ll see what’s driving that. (1940’s/USPD/

Woman with big pink heart.(USPD, c. 1910/artist life,

Pretty in pink. How lovely. Now where’s the rest of the Valentine’s loot I can brag to my girlfriends about? (1910.USPD/

“What is Galentine’s Day? Everything you need to know about this popular holiday that started out as a joke.”

Bizarre costumes for Valentine ball. 1937. Photo by Citizen-News, Hollywood, 1937. Elaine Fullerton, "Tintinabulations in Miasma;" Bettina Ryan, "The Little Tear Gland That Goes Pooh Pooh;" Brooke Waring, "Accepted Surrealist Bride;" Gladys Aller, "Rejected Bride of the Broken Heart." Costumes for the Los Angeles unit of the American Artists' Congress for their Surrealist Valentine's Ball, February 1937 in Hollywood. (USPD,

Ahead of their time? Just too delicious not to share: Costumes for a Valentine’s ball. (Citizen-News, Hollywood) Elaine Fullerton, “Tintinabulations in Miasma;” Bettina Ryan, “The Little Tear Gland That Goes Pooh Pooh;” Brooke Waring, “Accepted Surrealist Bride;” Gladys Aller, “Rejected Bride of the Broken Heart.” Costumes for the Los Angeles unit of the American Artists’ Congress for their Surrealist Valentine’s Ball, February, 1937 in Hollywood. (USPD/


Vintage Valentine girl in straw hat, old fashioned swim suit and sand bucket ( USPD., artist life/flickr/

May your Valentine’s Day have as many smiles as there are grains of sand on the shore. (USPD/flickr/

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



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  1. Kate Crimmins / Feb 14 2023 7:31 am

    You find the weirdest cards!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Annette Rochelle Aben / Feb 14 2023 8:14 am

    Love this! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. easyweimaraner / Feb 14 2023 8:26 am

    love the cards… some would bring an collective outcry today with all the things we can no longer do :o)

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  4. disperser / Feb 14 2023 8:45 am

    Is it today? Huh!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2023 10:46 am

      A triumph for marketing! Imperative for the nation’s economy!
      Unpatriotic to bye to buy. (Possibly, the whole reasoning behind the lack of school instruction in reasoning and persuasive language?)
      Thanks for not losing heart.

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  5. Ally Bean / Feb 14 2023 8:58 am

    Is the woman holding Cupid hostage or refusing to have her heart stolen? Oh I’m laughing at your take on that card. It does look like a potentially menacing stand-off.

    Love knowing the ATF is offering a revenge Valentine. Kind of sad, but worthy of note.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, philmouse ❤️

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2023 10:52 am

      There is no end to what comes out of creative minds. You gotta love that.
      Happy Valentine’s Day – thanks for adding a sweet comment here

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  6. sustainabilitea / Feb 14 2023 9:08 am

    I love the vintage Valentines and the balancing dog. You’re right about the one Valentine earning someone a trip to the office or even a suspension. That I don’t love. Everyone is so sensitive now. The ATF thing is hysterical.

    Happy commercial day of love to you and the whole group there.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2023 11:03 am

      Proof holidays are really a balancing act? Or a competition among some groups. (Now that is really sad and so far from the concept…but shop keepers disagree!)
      Keeping the simple holiday meaning alive: – walking outside ( and leaving the blossoms on the plants for the bees)
      Oh, and save the whales! 🙂
      Thanks for galloping over with a happy Valentine comment

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  7. SusanR / Feb 14 2023 10:02 am

    Had to laugh at the ATF offer. I wonder if they had any takers.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all, even though my teenage granddaughter blew it off with, “Meh, it’s just for couples.”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2023 10:56 am

      Valentine’s Day – once past the red construction paper, glitter, and decorated shoe boxes, it’s one of the most expensive days of the year? I think the creative ideas may be more meaningful- one way or the other HaHa. Gotta love the laughter and smiles – hope your day is full of both. Thanks for adding a glittering comment


  8. Spinster / Feb 14 2023 7:15 pm

    I know plenty of people who need to be named after cockroaches :-/

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. shoreacres / Feb 14 2023 8:32 pm

    My favorite is “Be my valentine, and I’ll break the news to mother.” That brought real laughter, and an eye roll: been there, done that, as the saying goes.There always was a slight gap between the boys mama loved and the ones high-school-me was attracted to!

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  10. Bunk Strutts / Feb 27 2023 12:49 am

    I need new glasses.
    Pfc. Omer Pelletier looks like he’s flipping an omelette – and failing at it.

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