This postcard is an example of a Vinegar Valentine. Vinegar Valentines are insulting greetings that make fun of many types of people and professions, often in the form of a verse. On this card, the type of person being insulted is a typewriter (an early term for typist):
Sometimes the design of Vinegar Valentines includes hearts or the word Valentine, but often it does not. This postcard was obviously sent as a Valentine--the postmark date is Feb. 13,1909. Like most Vinegar Valentines, it was sent anonymously, signed "Guess Who?"You've seen her, the gay office belle,Whose "gentleman friends" are all "swell"Her clothes are so "grand"That she can't understandWhy she'd be expected to spell.
The article Happy Valentine's Day, I Hate You has more information about Vinegar Valentines and a slideshow with many examples.
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