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Scrapbook of twentieth-century American valentines and greeting cards


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

This early twentieth-century American scrapbook was created by an unknown individual who collected valentines and other fancy greeting cards.

Biographical information derived from collection.

This early twentieth-century American scrapbook primarily contains greeting cards, many of which are valentines. Other card types include Easter, Christmas, and birthday. Only two cards have visible signatures.

Specialty card types include paper lace, doilies, pop-up, and moveable parts. At least three valentines are printed by Raphael Tuck & Sons Co. Ltd., N.Y.; two of these Tuck cards bear the artist's name of "Pechner."The cover of this scrapbook is red cloth, bordered in gold with the words "Scrap Book" printed in gold script.

Three loose items are laid in a folder in the front of this scrapbook. The first of these items is a Christmas card custom printed in 1925 for Dorothy and Rudolph Zinsser with a map of Great Neck, Long Island, New York, showing the location and indicating the name of their home as "Leeward." The second loose item is an African-American caricature of a cook presenting a bowl with the greeting "Dis is fo' mah Valentine" (Bonte 288). The third loose item is a cupid rising from a pink pop-open paper lotus flower.

Item 0037: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093 folio


Processed by Jennifer M. Nichols and Tim Pouch, October 2012. Encoded by Caitlin Farthing, February 2013.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2013 February 28
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Scrapbook of twentieth-century American valentines and greeting cards, circa 1903-1925.
Item 0037
Physical Description

1 volume

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