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Taking a Leap

This adorable image of a girl nervously lurking behind an oblivious boy takes inspiration from the superstition that women should only propose marriage on the occasion of a leap year.

As the story goes, in 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland enacted a law that decreed that a woman could propose to a man on February 29 and if denied, the man had to provide her with compensation. This does seem quite unlikely as there's no documentation and the Queen would have been only five years old at the time, but some people still consider it to be good luck to propose on leap year day. Regardless, carpe diem!

Image Credit: Anthony and Company. Taking Advantage of Leap Year, c 1850/1925. Gift of Harold Allen.

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