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A monkey, donkey, goat, and owl play cards... Sounds like the start of an old joke ;)

Here our animal friends play a game of cards. Could be poker, but the pun on this vintage die-cut mechanical Valentine greeting card is "trump", which lends itself more to games like Bridge, Sheepshead, Whist, Spades, or other trick-taking game.

Card text reads "February Fourteenth I'll trump you for my valentine." And, at the left, all four card suits are shown -- with the words "of mine" after the heart.

It's a fun anthropomorphic mechanical greeting card, you move the monkey's arm and watch him lift a card -- his, or the donkey's? Move the monkey's arm again and he covers his eyes. Is the monkey cheating? Or is it a "see no evil" monkey? You decide!

You can see this vintage mechanical valentine in action here:


Measures approximately 5 1/4 inches tall. No maker markings, just marked Made in U.S.A.

Has a notch cut and fold line for standing up.

Circa 1930s.

Condition: The card was used/signed. Otherwise, modest signs of age. Really lovely! Perfectly "suited" for collectors. (We couldn't resist another pun!)

Please view scans and ask questions prior to bidding, thanks!

Will be shipped boxed via USPS Priority, with insurance, and tracking will be provided.

We are happy to combine shipping, so look for more vintage Valentines and other ephemera in our listings!


Thank you for shopping with us :)

Vintage Die-Cut Mechanical Valentine Animals Playing Cards "Trump" Pun Anthropomorphic Valentine's Day Card 1930s


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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: paper, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Favorited by: 10 people