February 14, 2017

The Old Victorian Maid's Valentine: A Funny Footage for Valentine's Day From 1900

Love works in mysterious ways, and sometimes rather cruel ones, too. Poor Miss Pimple thinks Cupid has finally taken notice of her when she receives an envelope on February 14th, but the lonely spinster is in for another of life's little disappointments. The burgeoning Victorian Valentine's industry has a lot to answer for.

British film pioneer George Albert Smith cast his own wife Laura Bayley, who wrings every ounce of pathos from this brief appearance.

(via BFI Films Channel)


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