Happy St Patrick's Day!
St Patrick's Day in America, 1872
This picture was printed in Philadelphia in 1872, and made by a man named John Reid. The caption says, 'Commemorative of Ir[e]land's [sic] unswerving fidelity to her ancient religion and the devotion of her exiled children to the sacred principles of her freedom and redemption as a nation.' A lovely sentiment for a sentimental time.
This picture shows us four things:
- Celebrating St Patrick's Day in the US in 1872 wasn't about green beer.
- There were a lot of Irish people in the US, so St Pat's was a big holiday, even then.
- Women in 1872 had good reason to hate the fashion industry.
- Little boys probably did, too.
Wherever around the world you celebrate St Patrick's Day, and however you choose to do it, whether you lift a pint (or twenty) or go to church, start an argument or sing a song, we wish you the best.
Erin go bragh!