Here is an ornate embossed Valentine signed by Ellen Clapsaddle. The Victorian lady has an upsweep hairdo adorned by an enormous blue hat topped with an equally enormous ostrich plume. Her facial features are delicate and finely depicted. She is framed by a heart-shaped bouquet of blue Forget-me-nots tied with a pink sash and bow. The signature is along the tails of the pink sash. The message reads: "I love thee! I love thee! Is ever on my tongue, In all my proudest posey, That chorus still is sung. St Valentine's Greeting". The entire front is framed by a red line with corner bouquets of blue flowers and red hearts. The top left corner of the back has the stamp of the International Art Publishing Co. New York Berlin. Printed in Germany Series no. 1220
Written in thin elegant pen is Feb. 14, 1912. To Mother from Lina.