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The addition of February 29 or “Leap Day” every four years helps keep the calendar in line with the seasons. But did you ever receive a leap year greeting?

Leap Year postcard

This postcard from the early 1900s, is worth $5 today. It expresses a whimsical Leap Day tradition that goes back centuries. It’s the day a single woman can tell her wishes—a date, marriage, or just a kiss—to an available man. “Woman’s privilege” is said to have originated in Scotland, as a statute passed by Parliament in the late 1200s. And men were obliged to make some sort of payment—a silk gown, a pair of gloves or a kiss—if they refused.

So, we get an extra day this year. Use it wisely.

Find more holiday postcard prices in the FREE online price guide at Kovels.com and in Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2012.

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