02/29/2012 05:36 pm ET

Leap Year Vintage Postcards

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.

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