These Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards Prove That Romance Is A Lot Less Creepy Than It Used To Be.
Has your grandfather ever said something along the lines of "Back and my day, we didn't..." and then gone on to lament the sins of the youth? He might be right about some of it. Then again, maybe the reason things weren't the same back in his day was because a whole lot of other weird stuff was going on. Think about it: advertisements were often sexist, people were much more intolerant, and jokes were a little bit too on the nose.
These vintage valentines seem to prove all of the above. Some of them are weird, some of them are rude, and some of them are just downright confusing and uncomfortable. With love notes like this, it's a wonder that Grandpa managed to woo Grandma at all. Check them out and be glad that the times have changed - the last one is just disturbing!
I shudder to think how this would be received today.
This is not going to get you a girl, my friend.
I don't really do the whole "guns and romance" thing.
I am getting peeping Tom vibes, and I'm not liking it at all.
Sir, please put your gun down.
There are a lot of mixed messages here.
Also, is this a lesbian vintage Valentine? If so, the other sins of the card could possibly be forgiven.
No means no.
This got heavy, fast.
Again, with the guns.
The lengths that some people go to.
Actually, you specifically cannot.
The message is sweet, but the physical gesture feels unwelcome.
The flames in this illustration are a little to aggressive to be romantic.
Whoever said love shouldn't be traumatizing?
Everyone. Everyone said that.
I'm getting the feeling that a lot more people used to have guns.
Threatening war will get you nowhere with me.
SO MANY QUESTIONS.
I hope I smell just as good, too.
In to my...heart?
This illustration is banned in elementary schools.
Not really, but it should be.
You should really try another winter sport.
There's the old-timey sexism we know and love!
He's not asking, he's telling.
What is the old-fashioned term for "player?"
Hunting and love just don't make sense to me.
Message of Fear and Nightmares.
This seems like a trick.
Who wouldn't want the love of a good, hard-working dictator?
This is just making me a little sad.
Ma'am, please don't kill these babies, simply because they have learned at a young age how to love.
I have no complaints about this fabulous fish.
Can't you tell that she's not feeling this situation?