Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tulip Mania!

No! Not my new tulip needlepoint pillows and rugs! But you are welcome to consider me maniacal anyway. I am really referring to this day in 1637. Tulip mania collapsed in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) by government order. Tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania in February 1637, tulip contracts sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble (or economic bubble). Snow is covering most of Chester County right now...the only tulips in sight are in today's blog photo. The furniture truck is delayed, the men in CT never received their velvet sample, even though I placed three stamps on the envelope on a nice, thank you card/envelope and some whiner in TX assumed that hand painted ceramic tassels would reach her by osmosis. Have fun everyone! I sure am. Take time to stop and smell the tulips, even if is from a can of air freshener. (But no huffing.)
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin." H. L. Mencken