|"Greetings from Krampus," |
a German Christmas legend applied to Valentine's Day.
These cards ridiculed the men and women who received them with equal abandon, poking fun at looks, faithfulness, greed, and one's ability to sing. I found hundreds of these cards, but the following ten are the best.
The things that fill your mind (?) we know
Candy, Flowers, Clothes, a necktie bow,
One fact these gew-gaws can't efface -
The mind they fill is empty space."
One day, walking out, you heard
Some fellow say, "Gee! She's a Bird!"
You did not see him when he winked,
And said, "That Bird SHOULD be extinct."'
|"Here's a pretty cool reception,|
At least you'll say there's no deception,
It says as plain as it can say,
Old fellow you'd best step away."
The card-playing maid is the
Her mind is on the cards
If she loses the prize,
Oh, how deeply she sighs,
"Tis so awful not to be
SIT UP THE NIGHTS
THE BEST THAT
CAN BE SAID OF YOU
IS THAT YOU PASS IN A
|"The Suffragette Valentine|
Your vote from me you will not get.
I don't want a preaching suffragette."
You slave and save and starve yourself
And I can't see the reason why
You've hoarded all those piles of money -
You can't take it with you when you die -"
|"Oh! you ugly little thing|
The sight of you's disinteresting
You should look worse if it were not
For your gaudy dressing
Just fancy calling you a page
You should be in an iron cage"
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