Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Leap Year Proposal

Leap Year

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In 1904, Dorothy Dix wrote about the benefits - and perils - of taking advantage of the Leap Year tradition that allowed women to propose marriage in the New York Times article "The Leap Year Proposal". Although today, women can freely pop the question, at the turn of the 20th Century, it was against the mores of the day - unless it was February 29th.

Dating: Leap Year occurred in 1908, and since this is an undivided back card, it was probably written that year.


Christine H. said...

How interesting. My leap year postcard ( not nearly as nice as yours) also had to do with marriage. I think we don't associate the two anymore.

I hope you are O.K. ... haven't seen many posts here lately.

Postcard Ranch said...

Marvelous early postcard. I like it!

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