Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not as sentimental as Pip about observing certain holidays or occasions.  But as I went through to repost and reread the lost posts from 2011-2012, I forgot how charming these simple and light-hearted posts were.  So, this year, I offer you this selection I have culled from various sales sites.

And speaking of occasions, I want to inform any of our readers who were not aware that Shirley Temple Black just passed away a couple days ago.  Pip did a lovely tribute to her on her birthday in 2011 and now that that post has been restored, you can see it here.  You will undoubtedly continue to see her presence on this site again and again.


Pigtails being a bastion of free speech, it seemed appropriate to show this one first:


I know this is meant to be sweet, but there is just something disturbing about this giant cat:


And continuing the animal theme:


We tend to forget in our society that for a long time, a girl’s utility was in her skill at wifely duties and this attitude was impressed on them at a very early age.


Cute or provocative?  You be the judge.

Greeting card publishers were (and are) always looking for a gimmick to get people to buy their cards.  One was to have a slot for placing some item into the card—and a requisite play on words, of course.

Sometimes this can be taken to weird extremes.  The logic of the placement of a sponge is quite strained and I’d bet good money that this was veiled attempt to promote some company’s product.


I applaud Pip’s efforts to offer a range of girls of different races and cultures.  This also happens to be Black History Month.  Most of the items one sees on sales sites portraying Black girls is this kind of tasteless, stereotypical material that was clearly popular as it is all over the place—in this case, emphasizing the amusing “ignorant” speech patterns of Negros.  The text here seems to be a play on the popular song, Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby by Louis Jordan in 1944.  I have been toying with the idea of a post commenting on this genre of entertainment, but I still need to do a lot more research.

This one was sitting in my archive from when I was keeping an eye out for girls with guns images for Pip.

rifle valentine card

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