My lovely colleague, Dr. Annebella Pollen, has researched ‘Vinegar Valentines,’ the kind of card you’d send to your worst enemy. As the article in Collector’s Weekly explains, “she first discovered Vinegar Valentines when she was researching a project on love and courtship for the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove. In the back of a stationer’s sample book from 1870, she discovered 44 cheap, single-sheet, insulting Victorian Valentines with a comic sketch and a few lines of verse. These Valentines made it into a 2008 exhibition called “On the Pull” Read the full article here.
Vinegar Valentines and Hate Mail