27 Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines

“’Tis all in vain your simpering looks, You never can incline, With all your bustles, stays and curls, To find a Valentine.”

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

 

The Victorians had a custom of sending ‘Vinegar Valentines’ to people they didn’t much care for. These examples are delicious. Oh, and for added vigour, the recipient of these insults paid the postage on delivery.

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

Vinegar Valentine cards Victorian

 

Via: Atlas Obscura, Smithsonian, Spitalfields Life