Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Postcard

Leap Year

"My Last Chance"

"Don't Let Him Escape"

"Come on Girls! Catch Him!"

postmarked in 1908 with 1 cent Franklin stamp

From: (a great postcards magazine I subscribe to_

Vintage Leap Year Postcards
by Roy Nuhn
Bachelors have long been the butt of much humor – some of it burlesque, some of it dark. To help alleviate their condition and allow them to escape the fate traditionally assigned to lonely, single men, legend and folklore give maidens the right to pop the question themselves once every four years. This sort of open hunting for footloose and fancy-free bachelors has even been made law on a couple of occasions.

Fable and myth trace the beginnings of this practice to St. Patrick and to the British Isles in general. Supposedly, during the late 4th or early 5th century, St. Bridget, head of a nunnery, went to St. Patrick, then the bishop of Ireland, for help. All of the sisters were in revolt, demanding the right to propose marriage to reluctant suitors. (Apparently men and women of the church in those days were allowed to marry.)

St. Patrick was sympathetic and understanding of the women’s frustration of living in a society where only men could do the asking. He decreed that women be permitted to do the proposing one year out of four. This new “open season on bachelors” soon began to take place during Leap Year, another quadrennial event, and so it has been since.

Bridget’s success in getting St. Patrick to agree to the new custom prompted her to ask him the big question herself. He gently refused, and to soothe her hurt feelings, gave her a kiss and a silk gown. Henceforth, men would be obliged to make some sort of payment for refusing a woman’s offer.

This was unwritten law in the British Isles for many centuries. In 1228, a Leap Year, the Scottish parliament passed legislation imposing a heavy fine on any man if he did not accept a marriage proposal from a woman.

The term Leap Year originated in the England of old, when February 29 did not officially exist. It was completely ignored in all financial and legal matters, and anything falling on that day had to be dated Feb. 28. As a result mankind literally “leaped” over February 29 as if it didn’t exist.

As with most customs, things changed significantly by the advent of the 20th century. April Fool’s Day and Leap Year were no longer taken seriously, but treated as jokes and occasions for buffoonery.

Because there were only three Leap Years during the heyday of souvenir postcard publishing (1902 to about 1914), it is difficult today for collectors to find as many of them as they do for other holidays.

Yet a large number did survive. In all, nearly 30 different publishers, all but a handful of them American, produced more than 40 different sets. Upward of 250 different cards are known. Since production runs tended to be in the tens to hundreds of thousands, several million Leap Year postcards were eventually printed for the marketplace. Our grandparents and great grandparents found them in sore racks everywhere for a penny each.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Leap Year Party

A Leap Year Party

This postcard is unused, but it is from around 1910. Check out the pajamas the girls are wearing! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose

Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose"
being towed across long Beach harbor, its first move in 33 years. The giant seaplane is now on display in its new dome next to the R.M.S. Queen Mary in the Port of Long Beach, California

This is postmarked in 1995 with 14 cent 'Sinclair Lewis' stamp.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Betsy Ross House in 1918 and 2007

I LOVE the difference in the surroundings and the house itself between 1918 and 2007! -

Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pennsylvania)

Betsy Ross House where the first American Flag was made. located on Arch near Third Street.

postmarked in 1918 with 2 cent stamp

Greetings from Historic Philadelphia Pennsylvania -
One of Philadelphia's most famous historic sites is the Betsy Ross House, located at 239 Arch St. -
Photo: Ronald Monteleon -
postmarked in 2007 with 26 cent 'wild cat' stamp

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cuba, The President's Palace

Cuba - Habana
The President's Palace - Palacio Presidencial

This postcard is unused. 

Monday, February 18, 2008

President's Day Sale at Sam Ash

4 incredible Days!
President's Day Blowout Blitz
from Sam Ash
The musical Instrument Megastore

postmarked with machine stamp in 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Havana Cuba, Paseo del Prado

Ciudad De La Habana (City of Havana)
Paseo del Prado (Prado Way)

Photo by Mimmo Fabrizi

This is postmarked in 2008 with two Cuba Correos stamps!

The sender writes:
This card is showing one of its most famous streets, with a park in the middle guarded by lion statues.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines Day Postcards from Estonia & Finland

Toredat Sobrapaeva!
postmarked with 4 Eesti (Estonia) stamps in 2008

Haleja ystavenpaivana!
(Valentine's Day Hugs!)
Hoops & yoyo

This Hallmark Valentines card is sent in 2008 with a black and white 'Suomi Finalnd 0,70' stamp

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Federick Douglass Postcard

Frederick Douglass (c1818-1895) - Journalist-Orator - "Wielding...pen...voice," ex-slave campaigned for rights for Blacks, women. Assisted runaways to Canada. Helped recruit Blacks for 54th Massachusetts Regiment. U.S. minister to Haiti.

postmarked  'First Day of Issue' June 29, 1995 in Gettysburg, PA - with a matching stamp from the Civil War series

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Vintage Maps on Postcards

This is from a collection of postcards called, 'Carte Postale Vintage Maps ' 18 Assorted Vintage Postcards

These map postcards are in a tin case with the Italy map on the front.
from Cavallini & Co.
2005 - unused

Monday, February 11, 2008

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
30 days and 30 nights
Hollywood to the Heartland

In theatres February 8, 2008

postmarked in 2008 with "Star Wars, Chewbacca and Hans Solo' 31 cent stamp

It took me a while, but I think I figured out who everyone in this movie was ;-)

starting at the bottom left:

Bret Ernst
Jon Favreau
Sebastian Maniscalco
Peter Billingsley
Vince Vaughn
John Caparulo
Dwight Yoakam
Justin Long
Ahmed Ahmed
Keir O'Donnell

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Aerial View of Walt Disney World in 1973

Aerial View of Walt Disney World

"The Vacation Kingdom of the World"

Guests play and often stay in Walt Disney World. Exciting theme resorts are located along the shores of beautiful Bay Lake and the picturesque Seven Seas Lagoon...gateway to the Magic Kingdom. A unique transportation net-work - monorail, watercraft, and special land vehicles - links these attractions with complete facilities for outdoor recreation, entertainment, and year-round vacationing.

postmarked in 1973 with 6 cent 'Eisenhower' stamp

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Norway's Midnight Sun

The midnight sun over the Arctic Ocean, seen from North Cape. The photo montage shows the sun's course from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. - postmarked in Feb. 2007 with Norge (Norway) Svalbard 10,50 polar bear stamp - this is my favorite sunset and sunrise postcard!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

G.P.A.A. Cripple River Camp in Alaska

G.P.A.A. (Gold Prospectors Association of America)

Cripple River Camp - 1-800-551-9707 (in Alaska)

The front of the camp which faces Norton Sound on the Bering Sea. Front Street to the left, Back Street to the right.

Photo by Gerald Cotten...2002 Edition

postmarked in 2007 with 'Liberty Bell' First-Class stamp

Monday, February 4, 2008

Equipment of the Civil War

Equipment of the Civil War - - Mementos of the American Civil War - 1861-1865 - (Left to right): Springfield Rifled Musket, Cal. 58; Foot Artillery Sward; Cavalry Officer's Boot; Drummer Boy's equipment; Union Major Generals shoulder insignia; 12-lb. "Napoleon" gun-howitzer; Brass belt buckles; Cavalry Lieutenant's sabre in scabbard; Soldier's canteen, tin mess kit and cup; Union Artilleryman's cap; Confederate Cavalry Officer's hat; Sharp's Carbine, Cal 52 -

Postmarked in 1962 with 3 cent Liberty stamp.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine, Florida

"The Fountain of Youth" at St. Augustine, Florida is the mecca of visitors from all parts of the world. According to tradition this bubbling fountain supposedly marks the exact spot where Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer, in search of this fabled "Fountain of Youth" first landed in the New World, April 2, 1513 and planted the cross (shown in the picture) taking possession in the name of Spain. 

postmarked in 1955 with two 1 cent Washington stamps

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Pandas in China

Pandas from China

postmarked with three China 'vases' stamps in 2007