Thursday, May 13, 2010

Taiwan release Mother's Day Post Card

The Taiwan Post Office issued on May 3, 2010 a NT2.50 Postal Card in honor of Mother's Day. The card is part of their Personal Greetings Series. On the Front of the card in the indicia area one can see a multi-colored bouquet of flowers. This is just one of ten cards in the Personal Greetings Series that was produced for the Taiwan Post Office by he Jiuh Guan Security Printing Company in a quantity of 360,000 sets (3,600,000 individual cards. Turning the card over one can see in the lower left hand corner the phrase "Happy Mother's Day" plus a golden heart and three roses.

The Story of Mother's day is quite interesting. More that one person claims to have "invented" the holiday. The first claimant is Frank E. Hering who was President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame. Mr Hering advocated for a special day for mothers in a speech he gave on February 7th, 1904 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He traveled about the country during the years 1909 and 1911 urging a national day for mothers. see this link for more information http://www.foe.com/about-us/mothers-day.aspx

Another claimant is Anna Jarvis. Anna was a tireless crusader for enacting legislation honoring all mothers. It is said she cared for her ailing mother for some 15 years. She was apt to say "I hope that someone sometime will found a memorial mother's day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it". It wasn't until 1914 when President Wilson signed the proclamation which made Mother's Day official
For more information see http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com/story-of-anna-jarvis.html