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Pop up Valentine’s card (20th century)

The introduction of the Universal Penny Post in 1840 made it possible for more people to afford to send items through the post. As well as important business and personal letters, this meant the general public could - for the first time – use the mail to court their sweetheart, or sweethearts!

By the mid-1800s, Valentines card production had become big business. Those sent during this period were often beautifully made and decorated. This pop up card depicts a honey house and a goggly-eyed girl. The message reads 'Oh may I dare. To ask of thee/ A place within/ Thy heart for me?'

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