The Myth of Stingy Jack - Postcard Friendship Friday #32
This postcard is from my Cyber Collection--I don't remember where I found it, but I thought it perfect for this month's holiday. If this wonderful postcard came from your site, please let me know and I will put in a link to your blog.
In my research about how pumpkin carving got started, I found a fun story--The Myth of Stingy Jack.
The term "jack-o-lantern" came from the fae Irish in the form of a mythical story about a character named Stingy Jack. Jack was a drunkard who, having invited the Devil for a drink, requested the Devil transform himself into money to pay for the drinks. When the Devil did so, Jack took the money and put it in his pocket next to a silver cross. The Devil, unable to transform himself into his original form because of the cross, was trapped.
So Jack made a deal with the Devil--he would not bother Jack and would leave him alone for a year if he was allowed to change back. The Devil, agreeable to this, came back to Jack in a year. However, a year later when confronted by the Devil, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree to pick a piece of fruit. Once the Devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross in the trunk of the tree, preventing the Devil from descending, until he agreed once again not to bother Jack for another ten years.
When poor Stingy Jack died a short time later, neither God nor the Devil would accept him into their kingdom. But the Devil sent Jack away into the night with only a hot coal to light his way, which Jack put into a hollowed out turnip. Thus began the tradition of jack-o-lanterns.
In the 1800s, Irish immigrants discovered America's native orange pumpkin, which lent itself even better to the tradition of carving out lanterns.
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The title of my blog, "The Best Hearts are Crunchy," comes from a comment made years ago by a five-year old girl, as she thoughtfully perused a tempting box of Valentine's Day candies. She is probably a grown mother by now, with children of her own.
I loved what she said so much, I wrote it down on a napkin.
Going for a Ride
MY "CYBER" POSTCARD COLLECTION
Over the years, I have gathered together a large "cyber" collection which I often refer to for Postcard Friendship Friday and Guest Heart Thursday.
I don't always remember where they came from, so if any of these wonderful postcards, cards, or other ephemera came from your site, let me know and I will add a link to your blog.
Copyright information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Hearts and Flowers
I have collected vintage cards, fairytale books, postcards, old photos and art pieces since I was a small girl.
Even before I could read, I spent hours looking at old cards, coloring books and illustrations in my fairytale story books. I am sure my love for art and even my own drawing stylings came from my fascination with them.
Mail was so rare, I saved every card and letter I received as a child. Some of those nostalgic items will be shared on this blog.
Quite a few of the vintage pieces I have collected reflect the life and times of history itself. The cards, postcards, antique photos and art from my collection are dated from the late 1800's, through WW2. Many of these old cards come from our darling little Grandmother Jenny. I have also included some items from the early 1950's which were given to me by my precious Gramma Gladys and dearest Nita.
In a very real way, this Blog is my way of honoring these marvelous inspiring artists and the ongoing influence they've had in my life.
I hope you will enjoy the beauty, tremendous skill and sometimes whimsical work of these long-gone artists as much as I have over the years.
Artwork including cards, postcards, illustrations, etc., printed before 1930 are no longer copyrighted, but are under Public Domain. However even then, there are lots of gray areas concerning what is Public Domain and what is not.
Scans of public domain images do not generate new copyrights—they merely inherit the copyright status of the image being reproduced. In other words, if something is public domain and is scanned--it remains in the public domain. See Bridgeman v. Corel.
An individual can claim copyright over a piece of public domain artwork ONLY if it has been uniquely altered in some fashion.
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