Good Luck for Halloween

Okay, I’ve seen some weird vintage postcards in my day, but what’s with George Washington leering at a pair of blindfolded dames picking cabbage? And what the heck does any of this have to do with Halloween?

Well, a little research may shed some light. Did you know that Martha Washington called vegetables “the best part of our living in the country”? Veggies had an important place at 18th-century tables. Historians speculate that the Washington’s probably grew a variety of produce in Mount Vernon’s winter garden, including cabbage, lettuce, parsley, turnips, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, celery and cauliflower. Perhaps the gentlewomen are collecting the Halloween cabbage crop to pickle for winter eating. Now there’s a new spin on the holiday! So, good luck for Halloween and good luck with your cabbage harvest.

Vintage Halloween Postcard

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6 thoughts on “Good Luck for Halloween

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This seems like the opening to a Victorian slasher movie directed by Dario Argento.
    Unsuspecting blindfolded maidens playing a game of George’s design, George putting on eye shadow behind their backs.
    “George, what are we looking for?” asks the fairest one.
    “My cherry tree axe!!!” he cries out in mad glee.
    “Your what? Aaaaaaahhh”
    Chops and chops.
    “I cannot tell a lie!!! I cannot tell a lie!!!”
    Chops and chops some more.

    And…roll title credits.

    I would watch the heck out of that movie.

  2. I’m with VicSage, I’d watch that AAS. And, Retroist, good point about the blindfolds, don’t know why I didn’t think to comment on the blindfolds…I guess I’m easily distracted by cabbage.

  3. According to new-age.co.uk – Celtic festivals – Samhain:”Blindfolded girls would go into the fields and pull up the first cabbage they could find. If their cabbage had lots of earth attached to its roots then their future sweetheart would have plenty of money. If they later ate the cabbage it would also reveal their future love’s character – bitter or sweet!”

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