Humans have been flirting with each other for centuries. However, flirtation in the past is completely alien compared to today’s views. In this post, we will take a look at an odd way people get acquainted and possibly get laid back in the 19th century.
In the ever-so-proper Victorian era, the way to express interest in another person is by handing them cards. Cards with various emotions like grief, friendliness and others were handed out for all sorts of events. Flirtation cards, on the other hand, were given out to ask permission to escort a lady or get to know her better.
According to The Encyclopedia of Ephemera, people used two types of cards in the 1870s and 1880s. One was like a ‘calling card’ and would be used by gentleman to formally introduce themselves to new acquaintances. The second, as seen in the collection here, was a novelty variety reserved for more casual encounters, and it was known as an ‘escort card’ used by men seeking the company of women.
‘The device commonly carried a brief message and a simple illustration,’ the encyclopaedia states.
Take a look at some of the sample cards below to see how uptight and gentle people were back in the day. Many of these cards have all the flowery but insincere charm of a cheesy modern-day pick-up line, while some were a little more down-to-business.
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