When one thinks of a single gal circa 1908, the image one conjures up may be of a demure, well-mannered girl, hoping and waiting to meet some man to marry. The operative word? Waiting. Back then it was presumed that the man would be the one doing the wooing and asking for the woman’s hand in wedlock. Or there were also situations where husbands were picked for the young woman, without her having a say in who would be her mate. But there was a lover’s loophole. Leap Year.
Leap Years, which occur about every four years, was once also known as Ladies’ Day, The Ladies’ Privilege or Bachelors’ Day, it was a year when women could take the leap and propose to men.
During the years of 1908 and 1912 (in particular) , there were a slew of Leap Year postcards created to pay tribute to the day. Cards that depicted women chasing, luring, trapping and pursuing men. An interesting departure of how women were usually represented back then. One thing for sure? They’re pretty bizarre.
Although they do have a sense of female empowerment, the message was more of a desperate overbearing women chasing and forcing men to be theirs. Slate wrote a great piece that noted that, “one of the most popular leap-year memes depicted proposing women as fat, unattractive, and domineering—sometimes even violent—and the men they proposed to as scrawny, weak, and emasculated.”
Intrigues on the messages being sent on their postcards? Check out some of these Leap Year magic right here.nggallery id=’123976′