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Crafting With a Vintage Look - Fools in Love!
April 01, 2010

Happy April Fool's Day!

In France, April 1 is called Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French and French-Canadian children sometimes tape paper fishes on the backs of their friends, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the fish is discovered. Apparently, this grew from a medieval prank of sticking an actual dead fish on someone's back, which would, of course, start to smell. The story goes that an April fish, or young fish, is easily 'caught.'

But let us not forget the tender moments of April Fool's Day. We found this French postcard from around 1920, illustrating the classic romantic triangle - man, maiden and mackerel.

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You know how much we love the stories behind holiday symbols and vintage images. We dug into the April Fool's traditions, and found there is recorded evidence that Iranians have celebrated a day of practical jokes called Sizdah Bedar on or around April 1, as far back as 536 BC.

In Western culture, the first written reference to April Fool's Day was in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in 1392. In his "Nun's Priest's Tale," a vain cock, Chauntecler, is tricked by a fox on the day "Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two," which people understood as March 32nd, or April 1. There are a dozen more explanations about how April 1 came to be known as April Fool's Day - although several of those scholarly studies have turned out to be hoaxes. Honestly. Would we try to trick you?

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Scott & Martin

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