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1890: The 25 Stages From Courtship to Marriage

By on 26 March 2014 | comments 0
IN the late 19th Century, you could buy The 25 Stages from Courtship to Marriage. Presented as hand-tinted stereographs, they tell the story of the Bashful Lover and his pursuit of the chaste maiden:

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage

She offers her cheek. This is an ‘improvement’.

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage 1

 

 

Coming where with Mother?

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage 2

 

 

CM loves leaning. Mr Bashful is now a ‘Him’.

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage 3

 

 

1am. More leaning.

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1:30am. His arm is numb. His shoulder is numb. He will never play table-tennis again.

 

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Fifteen minuts later and Father gives Mr Bashful a massage. Chaste Maiden now upright, mostly.

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage 6

 

 

He’s on is knees.

 

25 stages from courtship to marriage 7

 

 

She is relocated to a palm forest.

 

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25 stages from courtship to marriage 9

 

MISSING SLIDE NUMBER 11. 

 

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The Mother’s Kiss or the Bridegroom’s Kiss? Who did it better?

 

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To a clearing in the jungles of Burma…

 

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