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George Whitney was a New England valentine maker who started The Whitney Valentine Co. in 1865 . In 1869 he formed a a partnership with his brother, the name of the company was then changed to Whitney Manufacturing Co.  Like all others he imported his lace paper from England, and his colored scraps and ornaments from Germany.  In the early days, the valentines were marked wtih red 'W', which matched the 'H' of Esther Howland in size and style.   Some valentines only have a numeral and no numbers.  His embossed envelopes bear the embossed imprint of 'Whitney, Worcester'.  For more information on Whitney see The Valentine & Its Origins by Frank Staff.
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Kind Regards with Church Setting Colonial Girl holding a Bouquet
Oval image of baby playing with fruit under the front lace. Woman Thinking of Her Far Away Man
McLoughlin - Peaceful Boathouse scene Broken Arrow, Cupid, Bridal Girl
Image of courting couple show through lace paper. Image of a scrap boy playing the fiddle shown through lace paper front.
Irish Boy giving Courting Girl Flowers Image of a women holding some roses shown through lace paper front.
Maiden Woman Holding Flowers Color Puzzle Valentine.
Early Whitney - Mail Boy Offering Love Card Fancy Lace Roses with Maiden
Single fold lace paper valentine with an embossed cover and applied hinged lace paper with two scrap flowers, sentiment, and small boy. 4 pp. wrapper.  The trade catalogue is produced by Stirn & Lyon, Importers and Commission Merchants, Toys, Dolls and Fancy Goods, No. 16-20 Park Place, NYC.  n.d. mid 1880s. Content includes Valentines and Envelopes manufactured by George C. Whitney, Worcester MA., featuring Lace Valtines by the dozens with two illustrations and numerous narrative descriptions with size and pricing information includes.  Also includes Valentine Envelopes, Comic Valentines including Long Jokers, Fault Finders, "Hit 'em Hards", Sharp Dartsd, Trade's and Ordinary (which I thought were published by MCloughin...hmm?)  Final page is Assortments for convenience at $6, $10 and $20, each with Show cards.   Stamp on cover indicated 50 & 10% Discounts on this List, except for Comics -- 10 % only.  Measures 7 1/2" x 5".. Corner chips on cover; generalized light wear.