Saturday, 14 May 2011

The May Queen . . .

and her attendants.  Once again, sadly no information as to the who, where or when.  The reverse of the postcard informs me, 
'THIS SPACE MAY NOW BE USED FOR INLAND AND COLONIAL COMMUNICATIONS'
but it doesn't have the price of inland postage at ½d in the stamp corner, so that makes me think it might be 1917-1919 (or thereabouts).
The tradition of the May Queen and May Day celebrations can be found here.  I don't know of any May Day celebrations these days, perhaps the rumour that the May Queen would be sacrificed put people off.  One year at school we did do a bit of Maypole dancing, but I don't think it was part of the curriculum.

2 comments:

  1. Do you think the fellows felt a little sheepish posing with the May Queens, or were they more comfortable with the role back in the day? And this looks like an unusual backdrop for a photography studio. Think it may have been in a theater and that is some sort of scenery?

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  2. Great photo card. It would be nice to know where it's from.
    Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania has a strong May Day tradition with a maypole for each class, a big processions, sometimes with horses and oxen, Morris dancers, and lots of other festivities.

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