For Ever And Aye

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For My Valentine…

“A little bird told me

‘Twas Valentine’s Day,

And gave me this feather

To send you, and say:

‘I’ll love you, my sweetheart,

For ever and aye’ “

A lovely verse for Valentine’s Day – I like the “forever and aye” part, it has such a nice ring to it. “Aye” in this case means always, which is the other significance besides the affirmative “yes” that we are generally more familiar with. And this is a beautiful card, though not in the best of shape with, besides the usual corner wear, a crease in the bottom left corner, and some discoloration and soiling on the back. But the mark on the front right – this looks like it was from an error in the printing process – the colors there are the same as in the feather. I like the blue-green grayish border, and just noticed the pale shadow that the artist included, for the shaft or quill. (These subtle details are important!)

This postcard is the second one that we have posted for these publishers or this publisher/distributor duo. See Publishers Ernest Nister And E. P. Dutton & Co. (Likely E.P. Dutton & Co. was the distributor.)

The writing in pencil from the sender shows:  “To Aunt Tootsey from – Little Paul.”  The card is addressed to:  “Miss Lucy Shockey, Iola, Kansas, 12 1/2 Jackson St.”

Lucy Shockey was found on the 1920 Federal Census for Iola, Allen County, Kansas, at the Jackson street address. She is 18 years old there (and at the time this card was sent), born in Kansas, and sister-in-law to head of household Fred A. Vogel, age 35, born in Kansas, a self-employed manufacturer of cigars. His wife (Lucy’s sister) is Blanche, age 28, born in Colorado; and their daughter, Dorothy Dean Vogel, born in Kansas, is age 1 year, 2 months.

The 1910 census for Iola shows Lucy and Blanche with their parents, H.H. (doing farm work connected with the carpentry industry) and Belle Shockey, and five siblings, Alice E., Clyde, Hattie, Ellen R. and Howard Shockey. (Lucy is Lucy Belle Shockey.)

By the time of the 1930 census for Iola we find that Lucy had married Clyde H. Taylor, a steelworker, age 30, and that they had two children at this time, Evelyn R. and Robert H. Taylor, ages eight and three.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked February 11, 1920 from Dallas?, Texas? Publisher:  Ernest Nister, London. Printed in Bavaria. Number 3532. Distributor:  E.P. Dutton & Co., New York.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:  Definition of Aye. Merriam-Webster. (Web accessed February 14, 2015.)

Year: 1920; Census Place: Iola Ward 2, Allen, Kansas; Roll: T625_522; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 233. (

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 February 2015), Lucy Belle Shockey in household of H H Shockey, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 15, sheet 26A, family 7, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,444.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 February 2015), Lucy B Shockey Taylor, Kansas, United States, 05 Oct 1991; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database and images, ( : 2014); citing .

I Love You True

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Divided back, unused with writing. Publisher information:  Raphael Tuck & Sons “Young Love” Series of Valentine Post Cards No. 27. Art Publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen. Printed in Saxony. Circa 1914.

Price:  $10.00

“I love you true, you know I do

Oh! Won’t you be my valentine?”

Here’s another charming Valentine postcard, this one from publisher Raphael Tuck & Sons, and another in our Alice Ellison Collection; sent to:  “Henretta from Carl Stranch.”  Though there is no postmark or date, another card of the same design was found online that was postally used, and postmarked in 1914.

This Tender Task

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Divided back, used postcard. Unsigned, attributed to Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Publisher:  Wolf & Co., New York. Series or number 452. Postmarked February 11, 1924, from Los Angeles, California, Arcade Station.

Price:  $10.00

With Love’s Greeting….

“I have to join two hearts in one,

And wish this tender task were done.”

This looks to be from artist Ellen H. Clapsaddle, though it is unsigned. Cupid would be the unseen onlooker of this scene. This is another in the Alice Ellison Collection and the sender wrote:

“Dear little Geo. We would shure love to see you. How are you all. why don’t your Mother write. Am sending this to grandma as dont know where else to find you. lots of love. Aunt Mae.”

Addressed to:   “Geo. Mugridge Jr., 1730 J St., Sacramento, Calif.”

Dutch Girl and Boy Valentine

Dutch Girl and Boy Valentine

Die-cut, embossed valentine, circa 1910. Publisher unknown. Size:  about 3 x 3″

Price:  $1.00

Heart-shaped valentine of Dutch girl and boy in traditional regional costume. The young couple is shown sitting behind a blue and white wall, that shows the printing “Valentine Greetings.”  Behind them is a background of red with heart shapes cut out of the card. Embossed white border on red. A beautiful little valentine.

St. Valentine Greeting

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Divided back, used postcard. Unsigned but attributed to artist Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Postmarked February 11, 1924. Publisher:  Wolf & Company, New York. Made in the U.S.A.

Price:  $10.00

Let these flowers speak for me,

They have a language sweet;

They’ll whisper “I love only thee,

And long thy love to meet.”

Beautiful St. Valentine’s postcard from 1924 showing the above verse and a little boy about to give a bouquet of flowers with a note and trailing blue ribbon to a little girl. At the bottom right of the scene is a lace valentine with three arrows that have found their target.

The card is addressed to “George Mugridge, Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1730 J St. % Ellison”  This postcard is the first of a large private collection from a friend’s family.