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”