Escort Cards – How to flirt in the 1850s?

2016-01-06 // unusual

A long time before Tinder, Meetic and other dating sites, the young Americans of the 19th century were using Escort Cards, or Acquaintance Cards, some small cards that allowed them to discreetly accost girls. All you had to do to start a conversation with a young lady was to give to the suitor a little card, which ranged from the simple joke to the lubricious invitation through the sincere desire to meet her. A series of vintage Escort Cards from the collection of Alan Mays.

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Images © Alan Mays / source

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