Sending Ugly Valentines

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, February 12, 1912:  Got my valentines in preparation. They’re all ugly ones. I thought one was most too much to send as it was rather mean looking. But I got it ready, so it has to go.

DON’T sit up nights admiring yourself.

The best that can be said of you

Is that you might pass in a crowd.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What could the valentine have possibly said that was almost too bad to send?  And, who was Grandma sending it to? . . . . .a classmate?. . . her teacher? . . . her sister?

For more old valentines see these previous posts:

Bought Some Vinegar Valentines

Valentines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Anonymous Comic Valentines

6 thoughts on “Sending Ugly Valentines

    1. I’m also amazed by how mean they were. I can’t imagine someone sending cards like these today–though I guess that we now have problems with kids saying mean things to each other on facebook.

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