ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co. 
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1900, “Embracing an Opportunity”, [stereograph of a salesman kissing a woman as her husband looks into stereoscope], Keystone View Co.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1861-65, “To a Zouave”

 Hero! how my fond heart doats 
On your trowser petticoats; 
On your  leggins, tight and trim; 
On your cap without a brim; 
On your lip of  hair prolific, 
Arab-Yankee— you’re terrific! 
There’s a wild  light in your eye
—Is it valor? Is it rye? 
O! beware of whisky-skin, 
Brains go out as that goes in.
Sober keep, and by the Nine! 
You  shall be my Valentine.

via the Library Collection of Philadelphia, Comic Valentine Collection

ca. 1861-65, “To a Zouave”

Hero! how my fond heart doats

On your trowser petticoats;

On your leggins, tight and trim;

On your cap without a brim;

On your lip of hair prolific,

Arab-Yankee— you’re terrific!

There’s a wild light in your eye

—Is it valor? Is it rye?

O! beware of whisky-skin,

Brains go out as that goes in.

Sober keep, and by the Nine!

You shall be my Valentine.

via the Library Collection of Philadelphia, Comic Valentine Collection

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