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All the single ladies, all the single ladies! Today is your day to stop waiting for that doofus special man in your life to finally put a ring on it, for it is February 29, and apparently, it’s leap year tradition for women to propose to men on this day.

I’ve hinted at marriage talk betwixt my boyfriend and myself in a few of these posts, and as much as it would make an awesome, historical blog post on D Haps for me to propose to him right here and now….I’m not gonna do it. What can I say? For all my wild-tile-and-wallpaper-loving ways, I’m a deeply traditional girl at heart. (Also, I feel like my thunder would have been stolen by the adorable Say Yes Katie meme campaign.) But please, don’t let that stop you, chickiebabies! As these vintage postcards on Etsy reveal, the tradition has a long and rich history.

leap year proposal postcard

Photos, from left to right: HeartvilleRoad, imagesofthepast, cheekyprincess007

So, if you’re feeling the love and are a modern kind of gal, I say go for it. The worst thing that can happen is he refuses, but then he’s got to give you gloves, roses, money and/or fabric for skirts. Worth it!


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