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"Dear Sir, in vain with saintly smile, | by Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University
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"Dear Sir, in vain with saintly smile,

Scarce humorous Valentine, circa 1840s, with hand-coloring. The illustration depicts a two faced man, one frowning and thinking, "I abhor the very sight of the Animal!", the other, grinning and thinking, "I'm delighted to see you again!" The verse below is as follows: "Dear Sir, in vain with saintly smile, You would the gazer's heart beguile, Deceitfulness personified; You never will a friend or bride. On one side of that face of thine, Something like love and truth may shine, But on the other you proclaim, A character to [sic] base to name."

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Taken on January 6, 2021