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Fortunes, it is said, were made and lost when Tulip Mania gripped Holland in the
early 17th century. The extraordinary beautiful flowers were traded like valuables at special auctions
and demand outstripped supply as bulbs were exchanged for massive sums of money. The mania reached
its zenith in winter 1636-'37 until the market crashed spectacularly in February 1637.
It's a cautionary tale and seems to have a modern day counterpart in the property market on which
Ireland's Celtic Tiger was built and which has now collapsed, leaving many in debt and the
economy in tatters.

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Máire Uí Mhaicín23-Feb-2010 19:53
Behind beautiful images there are often salutary warning tales...
Walter O. Koenig23-Feb-2010 15:43
What a beauty with these colors and textures and a cautionary tale too. I remember reading about the "Black Tulip" as a boy. Never forgot it. Maybe that's why I stay away from the stock market. :) "V"
Kevin Chester23-Feb-2010 15:38
The currency has changed but the story hasn't
Betty Vlasiu23-Feb-2010 14:00
Superb lighting and composition, v
Neal Nye23-Feb-2010 12:25
What a beauty! So nice against that gray background.
Patricia Kay23-Feb-2010 08:45
Love this tulip Mairead...Its such a beautiful shape and color...great info too...BV
Blandine Mangin23-Feb-2010 08:43
very beautiful ! v
heather23-Feb-2010 07:50
Beautiful! V
Nora van Beek23-Feb-2010 01:27
So pretty! Very interesting information, too. ~V~
pkocinski23-Feb-2010 00:53
Lovely image. Great info too!
Stephanie23-Feb-2010 00:05
Interesting information; beautiful tulip!!! :-)))
Phillip Normanton22-Feb-2010 23:40
Ah but your tulip is still looking good :o)
slhoornstra22-Feb-2010 23:32
Very lovely. i am also a tulip lover, and will soon have a few. V
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