Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vinegar Valentines ... distasteful?


Do you collect 
"vinegar Valentines"?

My mother told me about these
years ago, and though I do not 
have any of them,
some of them are pretty entertaining.

These greeting cards, or rather
insult cards were decorated with a caricature
and an insulting poem to be given to a spinster,
floozy, whiner, etc.

File:Vinegar Valentine 01.JPG

They were first produced in the
mid-1800's and they
enjoyed their greatest popularity
in the first quarter of the 20th century.  

These postcards were usually sent anonymously
and postmasters sometimes confiscated them 
stating they were unfit to be mailed!
Can you believe that?


I would not have enjoyed
receiving one of these on
Valentine's Day!
Would you?


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I have never heard of these or seen them. Yea, don't want one of those. They are funny though.

Debra@CommonGround said...

yikes!! these are pretty tough! I've seen a few of these, but never heard the term "vinegar valentine"...pretty funny! ouch!

Bliss said...

I never heard of them either, guess that's good means I never got one!


Paula@SweetPea said...

I've never heard of vinegar valentines. Some of them are pretty funny but I'd never want to receive it.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I never heard of vinegar Valentines before, they are funny!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is the first I've seen or heard of vinegar valentines. Not too sweet are they? And no, I wouln't want to receive one either! Yikes!

Andrea said...

Those are funny! Never heard of them before.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I haven't heard of, they are rough!! Glad I haven't received one!! Unique collection!

Curtains in My Tree said...

How funny, I have never seen that kind of valentine cards
No I wouldn't want one , it would hurt my feelings LOL

As mean as the world is now I am surprised we don't see new ones similiar to these being made

Happy Valentines Day

Sarah said...

Never heard of these or seen any. Nope, wouldn't want to receive one of these. LOL
Happy Valentine's Day! ~ Sarah

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Those are too funny...but it would not be too funny if I received one of them!..I have seen many vintage valentines, but never these...thanks for presenting these..they are hilarious..

Unknown said...

Never heard of these.They are funny.Thanks for sharing Joann

Anonymous said...

I love your valentines,.
It has always been a special day to me, as well,partly because the next day would be my birthday and I always had a heart shaped cake! Oh,how I wish I had saved some of those wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing them.
Carole R.

Anonymous said...

Great post! I especially enjoyed the many examples of vinegar valentines. My grandmother kept a diary when she was a teen from 1911-14. She got really caught up in sending vinegar valentines. I've been posting her diary entries and background information a hundred years to the day after she wrote them.