Vinegar Valentines were insulting in every waySource: The Strong
Just as many Vinegar Valentines were sold as regular ValentinesSource: Royal Pavilion & Museums
A lot of people took their Vinegar Valentines to heart
We see on Twitter and on other kinds of social media platforms what happens when people are allowed to say what they like without fear of retribution. Anonymous forms [of communication] do facilitate particular kinds of behavior. They don’t create them, but they create opportunities.
The women's suffrage movement was a major topic of these cardsSource: New York Public Library
The media thought these cards were the downfall of western societySource: Royal Pavilion & Museums
St. Valentine's Day in modern times has sadly degenerated. The days of tender valentine cooings, and flutter-creating billets doux passed. Soft sentiments became things to be ashamed of in these modern times of action and advanced civilization. Perhaps this was not wholly to be regretted, but in its place came the monstrosity of hideous caricatures, beneath which appeared stinging insinuations and anonymous thrusts at the weakness of individuals, and even at defects in limb and feature.
By the 20th century, the cards fell out of fashionSource: Royal Pavilion & Museums
The few stationers who sell them keep them on remote shelves, and dust and yellowness tell of old stock and slow sales. If you have a grudge against your mother-in-law or your wife's nephew then the stationer on the corner will be glad to oblige you with some evil looking posters bearing smart cracks against the in-laws who are eating you out of house and home.