Rosemary for Remembrance

rosemary for remembranceFor hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, young women have been sending their sweethearts off to war with a sprig of rosemary for remembrance. (rosemary history) This vintage patriotic postcard from World War I has a young lady pinning a sprig of rosemary to the lapel of her departing soldier.

This postcard art is the work of Archie Gunn, a British-born artist who would later immigrate to the United States. He was born in 1863 and died in 1930 – which means all of his wonderful work is in the public domain, including this lovely postcard.

A pretty young woman wearing a pink dress with a contrasting blue sash and lace collar and cuffs is pinning a sprig of rosemary on the lapel of a soldier. The Ancient Greeks were known to use rosemary as they believed it strengthened the memory and served as a symbol for remembrance. The young soldier looks adoringly at his lady love in her charming straw hat with pink ribbons and flowers that match her dress.

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