“Ever wonder why the word engagement describes
both a promise of marriage & war battle?”-Undercover Bride
My husband was recently asked by a young man how he dated me before mobile phones and texting. We got a good laugh out of that one. Try explaining the concept of planning ahead to today’s spur-of-the-moment youths and see where that gets you.
It did get me thinking though; how did men and women come together without benefit of modern day technology? At least my husband and I had access to what is now called a land phone.
That’s when I discovered that “texting” isn’t all that new. Yep, you got that right. 19th century lads did indeed “text” and they didn’t need a modern day phone to do it. They simply passed out flirtation or escort cards asking permission to make a young woman’s acquaintance or escort her home. These preprinted cards were fun, clever and often rhymed.
If the answer was yes, the woman simply kept the card. If no, she would return it. Would any of these cards win your heart?
Note: Many thanks to Alan Mays for his wonderful collection.
Since we’re celebrating love and marriage this week,
tell us how you met your significant other.
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