I have a small collection of old advertising postcards (as well as a few holiday cards and calling cards) that I inherited from my Grandfather. A number of them were originally owned by my great-grand Aunt Carrie (including the fishing monkey – she wrote her name on the back). The monkey card, advertising for “Creme” Oat Meal Toilet Soap is copyrighted 1881.
The panther and elephant are part of Lion Coffee’s Brownies paper dolls advertising, dating from about 1895 (unfortunately, I don’t have the elephant’s rider). I don’t know when the Valentine dates to, but it was Printed in Germany, and was given To Grace, From Ramon. Oh, and the head moves, so that the tongue goes in and out and the eyes open and close!