Mandrake Maximum Postcard

Dr. Fong Says:
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah.

This postcard is from an excellent series of showing interesting plants. Each card also has a stamp on the face and an interesting cancel featuring the same plant. I have two cards from this series and the Mandrake is the only one I can identify.

Mandrake or Mandragora belong to the nightshades family. Because their curious bifurcations cause them to have a resemblance to the human figure, their roots have long been used in magic rituals.

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Anonymous said...

Their mostly used in fertility rituals by agans because of the shapes of the roots. There is a female and male mandrake: Female has 4 roots (2 arms and 2 crossed legs) and the male has 5 (2 arms, 2 spread legs and a phalus root) its believed that by tying a dog to the leaves that the dog can pull up the roots for humans to harvest thus killing the dog for hearing the mandrake scream and not the human!