Is this the world’s worst Valentine’s Day card?

Faye Prior of York Museums Trust, holds possibly the worst Valentine’s Day card in the world

Faye Prior with another of the Castle Museum Valentine’s Day cards

James Robinson as Andy and Clara Darcy as Gloria in Brassed Off at York Theatre Royal

First published in News by , hannahl.bryan@nqyne.co.uk

A museum in York believes it has unearthed the worst Valentine’s Day card in history.

York Castle Museum has discovered a 100-year-old Victorian example featuring real facial hair stuck on the design to resemble a moustache.

The card also features the message: “For The New Woman! With St Valentine’s Heartiest Greetings and Best Hopes that she will receive another (moustache) – With A Man Attached.”

The card has gone on display at the museum as part of its celebration of the most romantic day of the year.

Collections facilitator Faye Prior said: “The card has certainly amused everyone at the Castle Museum – even if it is a bit insulting nowadays. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the receiver of this card.

“The Victorians were not the prim and proper lot they are often made out to be – they loved the curious and bizarre as much as we do today. It just wasn’t shown in public as much. But even for them this card is remarkable. Whoever thought it was a wise idea to send a card with real moustache hair?”

The museum said that the card dates back to about 1900 and was printed and copyrighted to Angus Thomas, London.

The card will be on display along with other Valentine’s cards from its collection, including the oldest-known example, which dates to 1797, until Monday.

The museum is also inviting people to tweet them on @YorkCastle and visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/yorkcastlemuseum to share the worst Valentine’s cards and presents they have ever received.

York Castle Museum is inviting the public to use Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts on the card and their own worst Valentine’s cards and presents.

Meanwhile, a tale of uncertainty, romance and brass comes to York Theatre Royal for Valentine’s Day.

Brassed Off follows band leader Danny, played by Liverpool-born actor John McArdle, and his struggles with redundancy, picket lines and his dream to win the national brass band competition.

The arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria (Clara Darcy) brings hope, romance and controversy to a Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

The performance runs from today to Saturday, March 1, and York Theatre Royal is also hosting a Valentine’s Day dance in the De Grey Rooms Ballroom, from 8pm.

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9:23am Fri 14 Feb 14

courier46 says...

Are we sure it`s moustache hair,looks a bit dubious to me.Lol
Are we sure it`s moustache hair,looks a bit dubious to me.Lol courier46
  • Score: 26

10:19am Fri 14 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Yep, certainly has the look of fanny fur. ;o)
Yep, certainly has the look of fanny fur. ;o) Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 28

10:20am Fri 14 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Yep, certainly has the look of fanny fur. ;o)
Typo. I meant funny.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Yep, certainly has the look of fanny fur. ;o)[/p][/quote]Typo. I meant funny. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 19

10:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

ebore says...

Behave. This is a pubic forum.
Behave. This is a pubic forum. ebore
  • Score: 7

10:38am Fri 14 Feb 14

ebore says...

Originally sent by Lord Garden to Lady Garden.
Originally sent by Lord Garden to Lady Garden. ebore
  • Score: 14

2:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

piemagico says...

That's emuff pubic puns.
That's emuff pubic puns. piemagico
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

SR0843 says...

Well how about this for a bad Christmas present? When I was an insecure 14 yr old girl lacking confidence, my mother gave me a small, slim package with a label attached which read: 'For your moustache'. Inside the wrapping paper was a pair of tweezers.
Well how about this for a bad Christmas present? When I was an insecure 14 yr old girl lacking confidence, my mother gave me a small, slim package with a label attached which read: 'For your moustache'. Inside the wrapping paper was a pair of tweezers. SR0843
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

geoff tibletts says...

I bet the lady needed a hedge trimmer to get the rest of it off
I bet the lady needed a hedge trimmer to get the rest of it off geoff tibletts
  • Score: 3

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