A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentine Cards at the Lilly Library
1870's, Marcus Ward & Co.
One of a series of six cards featuring oval vignettes against floral backgrounds. This card, Snowdrops, is pictured in its larged mounted edition. The pictorial portion of this card lifts up on paper springs for a 3-dimensional effect.
A little brown elf Sat up in a tree, And he sang to himself "Oh, who will love me?" A little white maid Went through the wood, She was nothing afraid, She was pure and good. He dropped from the pine, He kissed, and caught her, His sweet Valentine Was the woodsman's daughter. And lovers as true As were he and she, I hope that both you And that I may be.