29.2.12

History's Interesting Bits: Leap Year Postcards






















Traditionally, the leap year was the only socially acceptable time in which a woman could propose to a man.  Around the turn of the century there was quite a tradition of Leap Year Proposal postcards. Most featuring a desperate looking woman and one or more terrified looking man. While I may not love the themes of the postcards, I do love that Monmouth University has an entire archive dedicated to Leap Year Postcards! These were just a few of my "favorites."

5 comments:

Emily said...

Elisse, I just found your blog through Eric's post on FB. I absolutely love it! Thanks for all these interesting posts.
Emily Jackson

Eric and Jill said...

That's funny that there was a time where women could propose. I liked the poems that went with the postcards. They were sweet. :)

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

My youngest of three daughters lives in Austin. Also, to two grandkids. Always take not of Austin folks... ;-)
Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)
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Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
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TCasteel said...

Those are hilarious! Thank you for sharing.
Regards,
Theresa (Tangled Trees)

Elisse Newey said...

Thank you Emily! You're so sweet. I hope you guys are well!


Dr. Bill - I hope your daughter is loving it. The weather lately is wonderful!! And thank you for you encouragement. I look forward to being part of the community as well.