hearts, laces, and love are but a few words that describe
the Richard August Neubert antique valentine collection.
Neubert, a specialist in graphic arts, packaging design,
and corporate and industrial design, was an avid collector
of paper ephemera. His interest in decorative arts
led him to collect antique valentines, a passion that
he pursued for more than forty years. During that
time, he assembled a fascinating collection of rare
and beautiful valentines, primarily from the Victorian
Mr. Neubert's impressive collection contains more
than 650 valentines, dating from 1838 to the 1980s,
many accompanied by original envelopes.
Included in the de Grummond holdings are numerous
pristine examples of embossed lace paper valentines manufactured
from papers created by Joseph Addenbrooke, Thomas
Rue, Dobbs, Kidd & Co., Joseph Mansell, J.T. Wood, George
Meek, and Mullord Bros.
included are many cards created by two famous American companies,
Esther Howland and George C. Whitney, who produced valentines
using imported embossed and perforated blank papers from
the aforementioned British firms. Other famous valentine
makers whose work is featured include the New England Valentine
Company, Jonathan King, George Kershaw & Son, Turner and
Fisher, and David Mossman. Also held are valentines created
by publishers well known for their early children's book
production, including Dean & Son, Louis Prang, Ernest Nister,
McLoughlin Bros., and Raphael Tuck & Sons.
article in the Spring
1996 issue of Juvenile Miscellany gives more
information on Mr. Neubert and the development of his collection.