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Send Mom some hyacynths

Timothy Kincaid

May 13th, 2012


On May 9, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day. JC Leyendecker painted the above Bellhop with Hyacinths for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post and established the tradition of sending flowers on Mother’s Day.



Nick Thiwerspoon
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Your readers may not know that Leyendecker was gay, and lived with his husband Charles Beach for most of his adult life until his death in ’51. Even the Boy Scouts of America commissioned him!

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Welcome back Timothy :)

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NT. I think you only need to look at his images to know that.

Am I reading too much into this to wonder if it’s a joke about Hyacynthus? After all, hyacinths are long out of season by mother’s day. In my garden, at least. Hyacynthus was a handsome prince of Sparta beloved by both Apollo and Zephyros, the West Wind. Zephyros grew jealous and blew H’s discus back at him so that it struck him in the head and killed him. Whereupon, Apollo transformed him into the larkspur (not our hyacinth).

Very early myth featured in the Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso.

The somewhat creepy (in my estimation) picture of the child looks eerily like Butch Jenkins, a child actor, who was featured in National Velvet and Summer Holiday.

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