In days gone by, young ladies had the privilege of asking for a young man’s hand in marriage
throughout the Leap Year or in February in a Leap Year or on February 14 in a Leap Year or on February 29 in a Leap Year
This is what is going on with this note card, sent in May 1908 to Miss Mabel Blackburn in Quogue, Long Island by someone with the initials ‘R.S.’
The name of the woman drawn on this card is Mabel.
The sender of this card to the real Mabel Blackburn was, perhaps, a young woman.
She wants to incite her friend to propose to ‘Lu N’ in this leap year.
The real Lu N. may or may not have wanted such a proposition.
The sender of this card implies that he does not want to marry the real Mabel.
Perhaps the sender of this card wants to marry the real Lu N. herself?
The strange cat Cupid, addressing his thought to the young man, sides with the young man. To him, ‘Lu N.’ is ‘Nicholas’ or ‘Nichol’.
Schoolboy stuff where boys would address their schoolmates by their second names only, sometimes truncated.
Bizarre quadrennial shenanigans for the consolation of women before their emancipation from the bow-tie set…
The great goddesses with us….. we – the young women whom I accompanied through the long years of our boarding school – were delivered immediately upon graduating
to 💝the Summer of Love.❤
No more sitting around for 4 years waiting to be tied up in the knots of bow ties.
We – some of us – have had a blast ever since even if it has cost us….
I greet my companions with one of the foremost songs of the Summer of Love, a song of our liberation from all nots and knots except of our own making:
A Whiter Shade of Pale
A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procul Harum, British, released May 1967.
Without advance PR, this recording reached No. 1 in Britain in less than a month; no. 5 in the USA within the year. 10 million copies sold since.
Lyrics of A Whiter Shade of Pale
with lots of love and a reminder not to forget me……….
N. American friendship card, c. 1910