Exactly 100 years ago today, this special Leap Year greeting card countered social constraints of latter day Victorian England and allowed the process of romance to begin "in reverse" . . .
The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland supposedly passed a law allowing women to propose marriage to the men of their choice in Leap Year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a Leap Year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss, to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.