I just noticed that the author of this Salon post has the same birthday as I do . . . It's all about "racist" vintage Valentines. It seems to me that this lady (who I'm not going to credit by name - fair's fair) got most, if not all, of her examples of bad old racist Valentines from the Vintage Valentine Museum but failed to credit the site, which buys and displays old Valentines. The Vintage Valentine Museum isn't praising these disturbing (yes, ma'am - they are racist and obnoxious) missives. Since the original post author is Native American, she featured the offensive Valentines with "Honest Injuns" and this type of thing.
I do remember that - I also remember the conflict of "whom to be" when playing "Cowboys and Indians". And then there was F-Troop.
When I found this site, I thought - why single out racist cards as the bad ones? There are a whole host of other strange, disturbing Valentines and every single one of them looks like the type of Valentine we used to hand out at school. Remember how stressful that was? What meaning the Valentine was fraught with, or not? What if everybody else got a Valentine from a certain boy, EXCEPT you? Oh, Valentine's Day - it's a wonder we did not all die of broken hearts, because we got the joke conversation heart that said "Me no like u."
What's to say about this one? Yes, I bet there are a lot of former kids out there who looked like this kid. I think this one also has a subtle message of "foot fetish," too. It's in the "dominant/submissive" category at the Vintage Valentine Museum.
Look at her face!! How is this supposed to be "cute"? Was this card made expressly for Charlie Starkweather to give to Caril Ann Fugate?
Nearly all of these old Valentines are "special" - and the space ones are like small Valentine versions of bad sci-fi covers! They have the rocket ship phallic thing down . . . Funny, I don't remember getting any like this. My favorites were the ones with puppies or kittens on them.
Kittens have always been popular.
Nothing phallic about this one. Nothing at all.