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"Slow Suicide" anti-smoking vinegar valentine, circa 1890

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1

Scope and Contents

An anti-smoking vinegar valentine titled "Slow Suicide." The image, drawn by Charles J. Howard, features a man smoking and a pack of cigarettes emblazoned with "1 doz. assorted coffin nails." The valentine's poem reads, "If health and strength a man would lose / One certain means there is to choose -- / Inhale the cigarette's deadly smoke / And prematurely he will croak."


  • Creation: circa 1890


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from eBay in January 2022.

Processing Information

Processed in January 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA