These twelve postcards are from the ‘Garden Patch’ series, illustrated by E. Curtis in 1907. They were typically used as Valentine’s Day greetings. The novelty illustrations feature an exaggerated-size vegetable or fruit as the head of a boy or girl with a related pun displaying around the image.
The postcards were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, a London-based publishing business that was one of the most well-known during the ‘postcard boom’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The company headquarters, Raphael House, was destroyed during The Blitz of the Second World War.
1. DEAREST VALENTINE, YOU DO beet ALL THE OTHERS
2. DEAR HEART, WHAT A peach YOU ARE
3. DEAR LOVE, I WOULD LIKE TO PUT AN 18- carrot ON YOUR FINGER
4. LET ME TWINE- orange BLOSSOMS ‘ROUND YOUR HEAD
5. lettuce BE MARRIED, DEAR-
7. WE ARE TOO YOUNG, DEAR, WE cantaloupe
8. WE WOULD MAKE A HAPPY pear
9. YOU ARE THE apple OF MY EYE
10. YOUR HAIR IS A LITTLE radish SWEETHEART
11. YOUR NOSE IS A LITTLE- turnip
12. YOUR UNKINDNESS MAKES ME melon -CHOLY
(via TuckDB Postcards)