Insult & Vinegar: valentines cards for the one you loathe

Looking for a card for that special someone in your life — that you really dislike? A vinegar valentine might be your answer.

These mean and mischievous cards were popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Inverting the more familiar tradition of sending anonymous messages of love, these cards were used to mock men and women alike for vanity, laziness and other human failings.

View the gallery below, read more about the history of these vinegar valentines, or download free hi-res images of these unusually scornful pieces of history.

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