These marvelous 19th C Valentines were printed by L. Prang and Company. Louis Prang, was a Boston lithographer during the middle of the 19th C. In 1865 he traveled to Germany to study the latest techniques in his field, a new process known as 'chromolithography' which was a color printing process, yielding beautiful color reproductions. But Prang was on the cutting edge of his industry in other ways too, he is is known as the 'father of the American Christmas Card,' printing the first American Christmas greeting cards in 1874.
I purchased this piece at an auction liquidating pieces from the Norcross Historical Collection (as in Norcross Greeting Cards) that I am told was exhibited sometime in the 1970's; and I would surmise that these three wonderful Valentines were likely framed for that exhibition, with the informational label added at that time. The frame measures 11 3/4" x 22 5/8" overall. The valentines measure approximately 4 1/2" high by 5 1/2", 4 1/2", and 5" wide left to right.
The three valentines framed here are lovely examples of Prang's work, and clearly illustrate the Victorian love of nature and its creatures. The greetings are sentimental, and refer to 'Saint Valentine's Day' rather than just 'Valentine's Day' as we do today, a charming old fashioned detail of note.
CONDITION is lovely, this framed romantic triptych is ready to hang. I can't think of a finer gift for that special someone. Enjoy!
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