Tuesday, May 1, 2012

{Vintage} May Day Images

circa 1895

circa 1907

circa 1887

circa 1856

circa 1901

The First of May, also known as May Day, is celebrated in various ways all over the world.  In more than 80 countries, it is known as International Worker's Day and is marked by street demonstrations and marches of labour union members.  In other places, May Queens are crowned with wreaths of flowers and there are dances around May poles. 

Here in the States, many children make May baskets, filled with flowers and left anonymously on door steps.  In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 Law Day to cultivate respect for the law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.

Dear readers, do you acknowledge or celebrate May Day in any way?  Please share, I would love to hear! 


  1. I remember having a Maypole dance in 3rd grade. We were carefully coached through the process of dancing and weaving the ribbons around the pole, and practiced a few times before the actual day. Well as you can probably imagine, when the actual time came, we started trying to do the skipping dance and walking in opposite directions, ran into each other, let the ribbons loose, laughed so hard, did a lot of falling down. End result: the Maypole was not exactly neatly wound in colored bunting. It was more like rabid spiders attacked it and made a lumpy, frayed web.
    A good time was had by all.

    1. Wow, I just realized, that was 45 years ago! At least I can remember *some* things.

  2. What sweet images! Didn't there used to be an old wives' tale whereby washing your face in the May Day dew would make you eternally beautiful? x


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