Each week we’ll bring out some unique items from our rich and varied collections. Reflecting the constantly changing world events, social conditions, technological advancements and cultural ideas since The Mitchell opened in 1877, our collections cover books, photographs, maps, journals, music scores and historical documents.
Mock Valentines were popular in the 1840s and 50s as a counter to the overly sentimental and sincere Valentines that had grown in popularity. They usually mocked old maids, social peers, feminists and male dandies. Come along and see some examples.