Three sleeps ’til summer & book giveaway
We’re getting closer to summer, folks—one day at a time.
As part of our Cottage Kids Countdown to the Great Canadian Summer, as announced yesterday, we have today’s installment of Canadian Trivia, which comes from Crazy Canadian Trivia by Pat Hancock. Like to play cards? Here’s one for you:
For nearly 80 years, starting in 1685, playing cards were as good as gold in Canada. During that time they were used like money in New France, France’s colony in North America back then.
When real money was in short supply, the governor would have some playing cards cut into quarters, and assign each part a value equal to a certain number of French coins. To make them official, the cards were marked with the treasurer’s wax seal, and signed by the governor and his intendant or business manager.
When supply ships finally arrived from France with money from the king or from the sale of furs sent back to Europe the year before, people could cash in their card money for the real thing.
I wonder how much those cards would be worth today! When my niece and nephew were little they used to collect allowance in the form of playing cards signed by their parents, and then they’d cash them in when they had something they wanted to buy. I bet they never knew it had such a historical precedent.
And don’t forget! All week, we’re running a book giveaway contest, which works like this:
For a chance to win one of these six books (which the trivia bits come from), just post a comment telling me, about what you’re most looking forward to doing at your cottage on Canada Day, or for the rest of the summer. You can check yesterday’s post for some ideas, and more details. On Monday, I’ll do a random draw, from the pool of people who leave comments, to receive the books. You can enter as many times as you like for extra chances to win!
As for me, I’m looking forward to hearing the bullfrogs chug-a-rumming the night away when we get up north this weekend!
Check back in tomorrow for more trivia and to enter the contest again!