Kissing seems to be on many people’s minds these days. Not surprising as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Victorian trade card lithographers did not appear to have kissing on their minds, however. I have a stock of over 500 Victorian trade cards and only came up with three examples that showed kissing; two are below. In the second example, the little girl is giving a kiss of comfort to her doll. The lack of kissing on Victorian trade cards probably stemmed from the purpose behind them – the advertisement of something objective. Kissing is anything but objective.
Useless Bits of Kissing Info:
- 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles are used in a kiss.
- An increased frequency of kissing in marital and cohabitating relationships has been shown to reduce cholesterol. Somehow I don’t think that was the goal of the kissing participants.
Many more examples of Victorian trade cards with great graphics can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.
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