: Valentine card written to Thelma Armintrout of Piketon, Ohio, from Norma Risner, 1941. The card design shows a female squash with moveable binoculars, with the message "Looking For Someone To SQUASH Me Close." Early American Valentine cards were handmade, and it wasn't until the mid-1800s that cards began to be manufactured on a larger scale. By the 1940s, colorful Valentines like the one seen here were mass produced for the public, often with "mechanical" pieces that moved and humorous messages to the recipient.
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: E14_valentine_01 Subjects
: Cultural Ohio--Popular Culture; Valentines; Holidays; Correspondence; Places
: Piketon (Ohio); Pike County (Ohio)