A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentine Cards at the Lilly Library

Movable valentine

1850's - 1860's
By moving tab, skirt can be raised slightly to reveal "scarlet petticoats".

On front:

Sure such monstrosities as these appear,
  Can never last the fashion for a year,
Such vast dimensions! Such a breadth of skirt!
  'Tis all ones work to keep it from the dirt.
And scarlet petticoats are all the rage,
  With dress suspended by a ladys page.
While hoops and bones and such like things,
  Keep up the fabric working upon springs.

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