New York, NY: [McLoughlin Bros.], 1870s. A 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" single fold valentine with color lithograph of a young girl (with the appearance of a McLoughlin paper doll) at top. Embossed floral and filigree border decoration. Verse at base reads
Here's a greeting for my little dear,
Upon this morning made for cheer--
When heartily our praise we tell
To children that we love so well.
Among the bright and modest girls,
with rosy cheeks and flowing curls--
All have a pleasure just like mine,
As I send you this VALENTINE".
Inside page and back cover blank. Pencil inscription on back cover. Light surface soiling. Minimal discoloration.