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1800s Unreliable Policeman Penny Dreadful Broadside Ballad Vinegar Valentine - Woodblock Engraving Comic Caricature Illustration Print - Hand Colored - Comedy Satire Poem - Saloon Beer

1800s Unreliable Policeman Penny Dreadful Broadside Ballad Vinegar Valentine - Woodblock Engraving Comic Caricature Illustration Print - Hand Colored - Comedy Satire Poem - Saloon Beer

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Antique Original 1800s Unreliable Policeman Penny Dreadful Broadside Ballad Vinegar Valentine - Woodblock Engraving Comic Caricature Illustration Print - Hand Colored - Comedy Satire Poem - Saloon Beer

"UNRELIABLE POLICEMAN," which criticizes the officer’s integrity and suggests corruption or dereliction of duty, accusing the character of being able to be bought with a drink. The verse uses a direct and accusatory tone, indicating this was likely used as a form of social commentary or political satire.

This type of print could have been used for various purposes, such as a “vinegar valentine” (comic, insulting valentines popular in the 19th century), or as a broadside ballad or penny dreadful, which were cheaply-produced sheets sold on the streets for entertainment.

"UNRELIABLE POLICEMAN.
You sneaking, worthless rascal! how did you get a place
On the force, of public guardians, with such a thievish face?
You haven’t got a particle of conscience, or of soul,
And anyone that wants to, can buy you with a bowl."

Measures Approx. 7" Wide by 9-5/8" Tall - Ready For Framing

In Good Antique Condition - Newsprint Type Paper With Edge Wear / Tears, Staining, Folds, Paper Chipping, Some Paper Toning Due To Age And History-Collectors Watermarked That Is Not On The Print

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