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Remembering a Lost Holiday

February 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Patriotic Postcard, George Washington's Birthday

Are you old enough to remember how we used to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on February 22? Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were federal holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington respectively. In 1971, President Richard Nixon merged the two holidays into Presidents’ Day, to honor all past presidents. It’s observed every third Monday of February.

This brightly colored 1909 postcard celebrates Washington’s birthday. Profusely gilded and embossed, it was signed by postcard artist Ellen Nash. It depicts elements from the old “I cannot tell a lie” legend about Washington’s childhood, with the message reading: “Washington, his truthfulness.” See more George Washington and holiday postcards at our website.

Read about another lost holiday and see Decoration Day postcards.

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