These days, there are virtually endless options for young men and women to find a date. From online dating sites and phone apps to speed dating and singles mixers, it's easier than ever to meet someone. Back in the 19th century, unfortunately, things were a little different.
Social convention (and lack of Facebook) necessitated a more tactical approach for a young bachelor to introduce himself to a beautiful young lady. Thus, the "invitation card" was born. A young man could approach a lady and hand her a card to discreetly ask for a date.
Alan Mays, a collector of these cards and various other fascinating historical oddities, says that though the invitation card was "a common means of introduction, it was never taken too seriously." As you see, they came in a wide variety of designs with some pretty inventive old-fashioned pickup lines.
Take a look through Alan Mays' treasure trove of historical novelties here.
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