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The 25 Stages from Courtship to Marriage

A charming set of twenty-five hand-tinted stereographs showing the various stages from courting to marriage – focused mainly on a rumbled midnight tryst on the third date and the wedding itself which takes place in a rather luxuriant tropical setting. There is no date given on the cards, but they are most likely from the late 19th century. Unfortunately the eleventh card is missing from the uploaded set – perhaps a wedding night come early and the resulting card too saucy for public consumption? Perhaps. Though the couple most likely waited and the missing card is simply sat somewhere in the Harper Stereograph Collection of the Boston Public Library – we shall enquire – but for now, at least, the twenty-four stages from courtship to marriage.

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1. The Bashful Lover Makes His First Call

2. Second Call. Improvement on Call No. 1


3. Third Call. Mother Wants to Know if He is Coming


4. Waiting For Him


5. One O’Clock in the Morning


6. Half Past One in the Morning


7. A Quarter to Two in the Morning


8. The Proposal


9. Showing the Engagement Ring


10. My Wife To-morrow


11. (Unfortunately this card is missing)

12. Decorating for the Wedding


13. The Bridesmaids Ready for the Ceremony


14. The Bride Ready for the Ceremony


15. The Wedding March


16. The Wedding


17. Placing the Wedding Ring


18. The Blessing


19. The Bridgegroom’s Kiss


20. The Mother’s Kiss


21. The Father’s Congratulations


22. The Wedding Breakfast

23. Alone at Last


24. Married and Settled


25. “I Just Knew It Would Be a Boy”