Inspiration: First Comes Love

Inspiration: First Comes Love

Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait

Songs and stores from childhood are simple which is why we are able to learn them quickly and recall them years later. Like this one: Jack and Jill sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes love … then comes marriage … then comes Jack  with the baby carriage. Boys and girls chant this rhyme at the first whisper of romance particularly in primary school.  In fourth grade, I received a…

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Inspiration: First Comes Love

Songs and stores from childhood are simple which is why we are able to learn them quickly and recall them years later. Like this one:

Jack and Jill sitting in a tree,

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

First comes love . . . then comes marriage . . . then comes Jack  with the baby carriage.

Boys and girls chant this rhyme at the first whisper of romance particularly in primary school.  In fourth grade, I received a locket on Valentine’s Day. After that day, he would not speak nor look at me.  He was tormented by our classmates who sang the song relentlessly on the playground.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G is not just a childish taunt; the song represents the socially accepted order of love and marriage. Breaking social rules and crossing boundaries is not easy even if we think that we are modern. The Jan van Eyck portrait of marriage still raises eyebrows; the pregnancy of the bride is unexpected in a Renaissance painting perhaps. But then as now, life is not always orderly nor simple. Marriage does not inevitably follow love;  marriage does not always last a lifetime and sometimes, the baby carriage remains empty.

Vintage Ephemera: Reading Both Sides of a Postcard

Vintage Ephemera: Reading Both Sides of a Postcard

Leap Year Marriage

Recently, I came across two postcards that were very very funny. Not so much because of the humor of the printed postcard but rather, because the written message was the punch line.   Don’t you think its time to marry?   This postcard was printed in 1908, a leap year. The woman with the gun reflects the common stereotype that  women who asked men to marry them were desperate, aggressive, and…

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Vintage Ephemera: Reading Both Sides of a Postcard

Recently, I came across two postcards that were very very funny. Not so much because of the humor of the printed postcard but rather, because the written message was the punch line.

Don't you think its time to marry?
Don’t you think its time to marry?

This postcard was printed in 1908, a leap year. The woman with the gun reflects the common stereotype that

 women who asked men to marry them were desperate, aggressive, and unfeminine.