As long as there has been love there has been jealousy, regret, contempt, and frustration. What better time to express these emotions that overtake you than on Valentine’s Day? Since 1840 a sprinkling of these negative messages can be found on cards, postcards, and note paper, usually cheaply produced and costing around a penny. This low cost gave them the mistaken nickname of Penny Dreadfuls. Penny Dreadfuls actually refers to cheap serial publications popular in the mid-1800’s.
There is no shortage of sassy sentiment available today, often with a pop culture twist, but these are some of the classics from days of yore. Enjoy!