February once belonged to Washington and Lincoln and it was wonderful.
Banks, business districts and government offices displayed photos of these two revered presidents.
February 12 and 22 were hugely observed holidays.
The whole nation celebrated these great men.
Stores sold George Washington paper hatchets with bags of candy cherries attached or in the cardboard "blade" of the hatchet. Chocolate covered cherries and cherry tree motifs were also popular.
No one doubted that the cherry tree story was true.
Paper Lincoln top hats were also sold at stores or in some cases made by kids from construction paper. Did Lincoln live in a log cabin and read by the light of the fireplace? Of course he did!
It was all just wonderful. It gave us great pride in our country. It strengthened us. It gave us hope and the fortitude and optimism to carry on in their honor.