Friday, October 11, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 10-12 Columbus Day

Click here to download card.
It was fourteen hundred ninety-two that Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  Since 1937, October 12th has been Columbus Day in America. FDR made it officially a national holiday.  Scheming bankers and postal workers however, got the feds to shift the date to the second Monday in October so that they would be sure and get a day off every year.  But October 12th is the traditional date since that is the date Columbus stumbled ashore on a small island in the Bahamas which he named San Salvador. Later he apparently forgot which island that was because no one knows which it is to this day, although one of the islands was later renamed San Salvador because someone had a theory that this island was where Columbus first set foot on dry land anywhere near America (which took it's name from Amerigo Vespucci, a rival of Columbus's who had a better public relations team). 

Moral of the story - if you want the place named after you - be the guy who draws the maps!

To celebrate Columbus Day, why not send your most important discovery a card to tell her how glad you were to find herJust click on the caption below the picture of Columbus at the top right.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a side fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "landscape" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. Much quicker that way. 

There's one thing you have to do with this card.  On the inside it says "That was nothing compared to what I discovered in _________.  There's not actually a blank there but I left room for you to write in the year you first met her.  A black Sharpie works best.  I used a First-grader font so it shouldn't be hard to match. 

Now plant that card on her bedside table like Columbus planted his flag and let her know you've claimed her for always and forever.

© 2013 by Tom King

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