The Comet changed to a Valentine for the 14th of February
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Valentine's card of cream paper printed with a black and white engraving of two lovers surrounded by cherubs. This design was inspired by Halley's Comet in 1835 and was originally published by James Kendrew of York. This card is a later reprint of the original and was probably published by Andrew Tuer of the Leadehall Press on behalf of J.King who sold such reprints to collectors. The card includes a printed verse entitled 'The Comet changed to a Valentine for the 14th of February' 'Cupid by the Comet's blaze Sets Lovers hearts on fire. Hymen leads them to the church and makes their bliss entire; Venus Goddess of sweet Love, In beauty bright does shine, She with Cupid makes the Charm To bless each Valentine'.
1860 AD - 1880 AD