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"On the Trail" old maid vinegar valentine, circa 1890

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 3

Scope and Contents

A vinegar valentine making fun of an older unmarried woman seeking a husband, titled "On the Trail." The image, drawn by Charles J. Howard, features a woman with a dagger held between her teeth, a lasso around her wrist, a pistol at her hip, and an envelope of "love powder" in her hand as she follows a set of footprints at night. Tacked up beside her head is a note that reads, "Notice: I am desperate and must have a man. Signed Old Maid." The poem's text reads, "If you'd lassoo a real live man / And dope him, as you only, can, / Then cut his heart and shoot him through, / He might be coaxed to marry you."


  • Creation: circa 1890


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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)

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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