‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||R. Hill Vinegar Valentine Poem Postcards
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
1906 R. Hill Vinegar Valentine Poem Postcards Overview
These postcards featured various subjects with humorous poems. They included both sports and non-sports subjects and one football card is in the set. The postcards are copyrighted by R. Hill, which produced other college football fan issues.
These postcards are considered to be Vinegar Valentine issues. That genre includes various cards with comical or insulting depictions on them.
The football card, titled ‘The College Girl,” is the key to the set for most collectors. It features a female football fan of Ivy League schools. She is holding pennants for Penn and Princeton, has a small Yale pennant in her hair, and has pennants for Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia in her room. Pictures of football players are on the wall.
This postcard includes the following poem:
“To see her you would never judge
That her mother at home has to drudge
And scrimp so’s to pay
Through the college the way
Of the daughter who flirts and makes fudge!”
In addition to the football card, a number of non-sports postcards are also included here.
Collectors should also take note that similar series’ were also created in 1907 by the Rose Company and also in 1905 by the Illustrated Postcard and Novelty Company of New York. Both of those are multi-subject sets that feature cartoon pictures and poems as well. Each also has a ‘College Girl’ postcard dedicated to college football. The three sets also share other similar types of subjects as well.
1906 R. Hill Vinegar Valentine Poem Postcards Checklist
Below are the postcards from this series that I have seen to date. Others likely exist.
- The Autoist
- The Automobile Fiend
- The College Girl (Football)
- The College Professor
- The Fat Man
- The Lawyer
- The Lovesick Lass
- A Political Poseur
- The Saleslady
- The Schoolmarm
- The Sportsman (Fishing)
- The Summer Girl
- The Young Bride