Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

1939With all the noise
and hub-bub of
Valentines Day
just the distant
echoing din of
commercialism’s
past now,

you’d think
that there’d be
nothing else
interesting going1920
on for a while —

But of course,
that’s not
at all true.

I mean,
you’ve got
Mardi Gras
all this week–

(Today is
“Fat Tuesday” )

and that’s definitely
gotta count for
something.

Especially considering
that it’s held in the
city that christyTrulia
( a popular real
estate website )
just declared :
The Most Sinful City
in the United States
“.

(No, I’m NOT
surprised Charlotte
didn’t even make
the list, but thanks
for asking. )

So anyway…….

Woooo
hoooooo —
PARTY!!!twostep

Say what you
want about:
the crumbling infrastructure,
the depressing poverty,
the startling high crime rate,
the corrupt political structure,
the money-grubbing clubs,
the drunken obnoxious crowds,
the piquant smell of
Lake Pontchartrain —

(if anybody’s got
an excuse to party
—- it’s the folks
that live there, man)mardigras

But, seriously —

The food,
the entertainment,
and the fun
quotient available
in N’Orleans
especially during
Mardi Gras,
makes that dump
in the desert
they call
‘Las Vegas’rag
look like the
“A Small World”
ride at Disney
in Orlando.

In the late 1970’s,
as cliched as it might
sound , I actually
did the “Easy Rider”
thing myself
for Mardi Gras
one time…

I slept with my
1969 Harley
Davidson
Wide-Glide, 
parked with about
20 others, in an
alley right off
Basin Street.

(Only broke
down one time
that whole trip–

– and I didn’t
get shot at
on my way home,
either )

I can tell you this  —

If you’re
out to
have a
good time —

You want to
go somewhere
that they take
the whole damn
good time thing
absolutely seriously…….

They certainly
do that in NOLA.

And you
can get
a decent
Po’Boy sandwich
and a beer at 6
in the morning
if you want it.

!!!! Laissez Les
Bon Temps Rouler
!!!!

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!!!!! HOY !!!!!!

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It’s Her Prerogative

a1Here’s an interesting piece of history,

direct from the Muscleheaded Post Card collection.

If you grew up in the United States before 1990,

— you probably remember the junior high school tradition of the ‘Sadie Hawkins Day’ Dance.leapy

Girls are encouraged to invite guys to dance with them —

instead of the usual arrangement —

—- and I do remember it produced some surprising matches.

Females, as we all know,

— tend to use different attraction/selection criteria for mating than males,

which makes the dynamic all the more interesting.

claraI remembered reading that the Sadie Hawkins dance was named after a cartoon character in the Lil Abner comics,

— starting in the late 1930’s.

Apparently, in the comic strip,

single women had the option of pursuing and marrying a single man of their choice, on a single day in November each year.

Here’s the original strip from 1937 explaining how it all started.

sadiehawkins

Of course, this isn’t really where the idea originated.

It’s actually drawn from several much older Celtic traditions, from at least 800 years ago–

which gave women the prerogative to propose marriage–
leapday
— but only during leap years, which only occur every four years.

( 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, etc)

In some places, this was narrowed down further
to only one day in those years —

February 29–
the ‘extra day’ —
the Leap Day.

A totally accurate picture of how and where this tradition, “The Ladies Privilege”, developed is clouded by time and mythology —

leapyear

Oral tradition has it that it was invented by Ireland’s Saint Patrick,

as a way of marrying off nuns who had tired of their cloister,

leapdays…….. or single women who had no desire to become a nun.

Several writers refer to a 13th century Scottish Law,

written by the guardians of Queen Margaret,

(who was only 5 years old at the time)

providing specific penalties for turning such a proposal down —

1912It would cost the man a fine of:

one pound, a rose, a kiss, and a pair of leather gloves.

In the 16th century, single women were encouraged to wear pants during leap year,

—- at least according to a play popular during the time.

And in the 19th, it’s said that red petticoats became de rigueur attire for ladies wishing to celebrate the Leap Year with a conquest.

All we know for sure is that it’s an old tradition,

—- and underwent a renewal of popularity around the turn of the 20th century.leap

Interesting postcards from that era,
on the Leap Year theme, abound —

Usually they are done in a tongue in cheek style indicating that while the tradition still existed,

— it was not practiced in any serious way.

No longer did a man have to pay a fine–

but it was still considered to be a bringer of bad luck,
and not to mention,
very bad form,
to turn down a lady’s proposal during leap year.

leapThe best a man could hope for,
it appears,
is to keep a very low profile,
in order to keep his bachelorhood intact for the entire 366 days.

Overall, it’s a pretty interesting and amusing theme…

Everybody seems rather desperate,
to either ensnare,
or escape.

But there’s also a whispered nuance of sexuality to some of the cards,

and even a secret thrill of implied female dominance, perhaps.

quesAnd looking back,

I can’t help but wonder……

Did the tradition of the Leap Year Ladies Privilege itself had any real effect on society at large ?

Well, frankly,

I doubt it.

The revival of interest in the tradition died off around the time women received the right to vote in the US,

—- and it’s little remembered today,
except in the Sadie Hawkins tradition.

dontshootBut it could be argued that a few of these postcards had an undertone that served the purposes of the anti-suffrage movement —

—  in projecting a society that would be out of kilter, full of obstreperous females and weak, emasculated males.

There were certainly cards issued during that era that were much less subtle in expressing that very fallacious, but prevalent idea —

tug— that granting women suffrage would lead to social disintegration.

But as far as these Leap Year cards were concerned, their main function was entertainment, and not social propaganda.

I do know that many famous couples started out with the lady proposing —

Including Queen Victoria of England, who described the scene in her dairy:

mineatlastAt about half past 12 I sent for Albert; he came to where I was alone, and after a few minutes I said to him, that I thought he must be aware of why I wished him to come here, and that it would make me too happy if he would consent to what I wished (to marry) ; we embraced each other over and over again, and he was so kind, so affectionate… I told him I was quite unworthy of him and kissed his dear hand.”

Zsa Zsa Gabor claimed that she had proposed to every one of her nine husbands, stating:

” A woman has to make up a man’s mind “.girl

Pink,
Halle Berry,
Elizabeth Taylor,
Jenny McCarthy,
Brittany Spears,
Heather Mills,
and Jennifer Hudson are other women who have taken the lead in proposing marriage —-

It’s just no big deal, anymore.

Why should it be?

Men lose nothing by letting women do what makes them happy —

Hell, along the way,
they might end up making us happy, too.

Ya never know.

And it is certainly fun to see
these old cards and understand
the context in which they were a part.

charlie

 

Generally Mind Farked

1920exhibitsupplyPictures can speak a thousand words.

No,

I can’t say that I really know
what the hell is going on
in a lot of the ones
my friends send me ….

Sometimes they
send ’em to see
just how mind-fucked
they can get me…

( you know who you are )

Other times,afraid

….. it’s just a weird
or funny image
that doesn’t have
to mean anything at all.

One thing’s for sure–

The mail bag
is always interesting.

It has kinda
like a Forrest Gump
‘box of chocolates’ vibe.

Cause you really don’t know
what’s gonna turn up–squeak

in there,

or
ON HERE.

Hey, man,
if you scared,
say you’re scared.

I got one friend who sends
me nothing but
dogs wearing sombreros —

It was kinda an inside joke,
related to a post
that I did 8-9 years ago
on my old Xanga site,

But now,

— dogs in sombrerosjar
have become one of the
hallmarks of the Muscleheaded Blog.

That’s how it works —

This Blog is very reader-driven.

(People read it,
and they’re slowly driven crazy.)

Ahem.

For some reason,
I’ve also been getting a lot
of “Leap Year” submissions–

I guess we’re getting for 2020 already?minister

YEP —
— that’s gonna be a Leap Year.

There’s several
of those on today’s post.

I always enjoy them —

and, of course,

any other submissions
that refer back to one of my older posts,

….. like the one on Mutoscope or Exhibit Cards.

The top pic on today’s post was that kind of card:

— made by the Exhibit Supply Company in 1920.

“French Postcard Style” pin upsmexican
have always popular around here,

and so are the more art-style
ones like this next one:

…… especially created by artists
that I haven’t featured as yet.

(No,
sombreros aren’t a pre-requisite,
thank you)

This beautiful piece was done by Jesus Helguera.

You never know what will
show up in the mailbag, though.navy

Hey —
that’s one of the things
that make this blog ‘special’.

Special,
— ya know… ,

….. like on the side of
those little yellow buses.

Ahem.

If you want to join that
elite group of knuckleheads
who are dropping pics
and submissions in my email-

I’ll tell you right up front
how much I appreciate ya.ambush

Just send them to:
carolinamuscle@outlook.com.

Let me know
if you want a link back and credit,
or,

…. like most of my friends,

you wanna stay anonymous.

( Hey,

I don’t judge.

— I just want the pics. )

These we have for you
today have all been1888
signed, sealed, and delivered–

— and ready for today’s post.

The one on the right has the caption
” The Leap Year Girls 1888 “.

As you can see,
some of the stuff we get
are very old, indeed !

Thanks again, guys!tempting

As I might have previously mentioned–

I got a good deal of mail
about my Leap Year post….

And here’s a 1950’s ad for Donuts mentioning it.

There are a surprisingly
huge variety of themes related to this subject.

Now, let’s see–

If this lady’s feminine charms
weren’t already sufficient motivation for the guy,

…… would taste tempting donuts really do the job ?donutqueen

And if they did work, when nothing else did,
—— would he really be worth having?

I got no idea, man.

I do love a good donut once in a while, though.

Another Leap Year post-card,
with the legend:
“I’m Going To POP it”,
was sent in by my old friend Tracie,
with a note:

“Am I reading this card right,
or do I just have a dirty mind?”1908popit

Well……
Truthfully,
since you asked,
and since you’ve been a
long time reader of this blog ,

—- probably both , Tracie ….
probably both.

And I applaud you for it.

Keep up the good work.

It’s a great card, by the way —
from around 1908.

Double-entendres were surprisinglylittlestranger
common in those
vintage Leap Year cards.

Here’s an interesting cigarette
card from around the turn of the century London.

This feller’s name was Master E. Garrett.

He was the star of a hit play by the name
of “The Little Stranger” —

It was the story of an adult passing himself off as a baby–

…. and the various
… err… adventures one would get
into under such circumstances.

I had to do a little digging
to find anything on this at all–

I think the buddy who sent it to medream
thought it would have me totally banjaxed.

In my research, I actually found
another one of this guy,
…. dressed up as a little baby girl, with the caption:

“I’m going to have a whiskey and soda”.

Knock yourself out, kid.

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Being a veteran of the US Navy,bo
vintage Navy humor postcards
always get me excited.

Well,
ok….
… you know what I mean.

This one is from World War II…

….. and it’s got a little something for everybody.

This ad is from that same marineolddognewtricksperiod……

B.O.

Hoo boy….
if a Navy guy has B.O.,
his shipmates will sure
to let him know about it.

I promise ya.

And they’re both pretty funny, yes,

And they both convey the loneliness
and desire that builds up
on a serviceman,
when he’s off serving his country.

I bet the lady who originally
got that card in the mail
understood, though.

enoch.

Enoch Bolles is making quite
a comeback in popularity these days…

It used to be,
10 or 12 years ago,

nobody wanted any classic pin ups that weren’t done by Gil Elvgren or George Petty,

……. but now everybody seems to be into Bolles’ work.

Including me, of course.

But, I’ve always been a fan.

enochbollesHe has a wonderful sense of humor,
joie de vive,
expressiveness,
and good taste
that comes across on his canvasses.

What’s that about a hat ?

A Hat?

Hat?

What hat ?

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sombrero