Vintage Valentine Cards

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, but this year I thought I’d look into vintage cards… and as it turns out, there’s a fair amount of creepy ones out there.

So here’s my selection, from threatening…

… to silly…

… to disturbingly racist.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Be good, for goodness’s sake!

In my previous post, I mentioned that Saint Nicholas was traditionally accompanied by a man or creature whose identity varies, and whose role is to punish naughty children.

In the Alps, that companion is the Krampus, a particularly nasty and terrifying devil. Below are a few traditional postcards. See for yourselves…

So tonight, Dec. 5th… don’t let the Krampus get you!