Vintage 1920s small flat mechanical children's Valentine card with vivid color lithography of a sailor boy asking a girl with her white bull terrier if he can be her Valentine. Sliding the tab on the side up and down moves the sailor boy's head, the girl's and dog's eyes, and extends the dog's red tongue.
Tabs on either side of the base may be folded back to stand the card up. The name "Sue" is hand-printed in pencil on the back.
The back is also marked with the publisher's name "Carrington Co., Chicago, Ill.", with the evergreen Carrington logo, and the letter "C" inside. The George S. Carrington Company was a Chicago publisher of Valentines, books and games from c1917 to 1955.
No artist is identified. Small flat Valentine card measures 3-1/4" high by x 4-1/4" wide.
PHOTO NOTE: Small defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and many are barely noticeable when viewed in person. The photos also distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion. The colors are often more vivid and the clarity greater when viewed in person.
CONDITION NOTE: LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE ATTACHED PHOTO. Condition is accurately shown. Valentine is in excellent condition, with wonderful images, and vivid colors. Card has no bends or tears. Mechanical action side tab is slightly creased, but stable and still operates the eyes. The base support tabs have never been folded. ALL DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTO.
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1920s Children’s Small Sailor Boy Mechanical Vintage Valentine - White Bull Terrier - Girl - Carrington Company, Chicago, IL