Monday, February 29, 2016

The Leap Day Bachelor List of 1888

Today is February 29 aka Leap Day, once recognized as the only day women could propose marriage to men. In honour of the day Meredith Mann of the NY Public Library Collection Department has posted a 'bachelor list' published by Chicago's Daily Inter-Ocean in December 1883. The editors had evidently decided that women could make better use of their quadrennial opportunity if they had a better lay of the marriageable land:

More:  The New York Public Library

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