Oh, wonderful – another Feb 14th. Just so happens that I have an appropriate item to post for today. This Valentine card is from the 1930s, and while many people might object to the artistic style, I think it’s kind of cute. Artistic exaggeration is nothing new, and it’s certainly an equal-opportunity stylistic pursuit. I don’t get my panties in a twist about Olive Oyl being an unkind characterization of a white chick. And ancient Egyptians weren’t black, despite their various claims to the contrary throughout history. But here we have a Nubian Cleopatra reclining in her barge (powered by an Evinrude motor), receiving an affectionate gift from her suitor while they glide down the De-Nial Rivah. De-Nial, you say? Ah, the romantic gesture must be being spurned. Just like on the Bachelorette. Happy Valentines y’all!
Eternal Love14 02 2012