Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Poisson d'avril!



In France the 1st of April is April fish day. The same idea as April fools day and if you’ve got children young enough, you’re likely to have the drawing of a fish pinned to your back. I think that one of the scenes in the film ‘ The French Connection’ showed the police sorting though a load of smelly fish looking for drugs, the gangster's idea of a poisson d’avril joke.

Henry sent this card to his nephew in 1916, it was written in pencil and must have been sent in an envelope. He was looking forward to seeing his nephew the following Sunday, perhaps he had some leave coming up?

4 comments:

Karen said...

We've got lots of postcards we found in the attic when we get the basics sorted out over here I'll share some of them with you they date from the 1920s onwards

Anji said...

Karen:That will be really interesting; I've learnt a lot from my postcards, especially geography!

Willow said...

Does this mean that French ladies recieve fish with their flowers on this day?? And would they be real dead fish, made out of paper or some sort of ceramics? Hmmmm....

Anji said...

Willow: No thank you! Imagine the smell if they arrived late.