Several days ago, I came across The Mystery of Love, Courtship and Marriage Explained by Henry J Wehman, published in 1890. This hilarious book includes guides for “popping” the question and writing love letters, as well as how to “manage” a beau to make him propose marriage.
Today, we will learn the subtle art of handkerchief and fan flirtation. To get us in the romantic mood, I have included several lovely illustrations from Cassell’s Family Magazine, 1886.
Now go practice your newly acquired fan and handkerchief skills on someone you love. If they don’t understand, put on some lingerie and try again.
And now some advertisements (from Hearst’s International, 1906)
Check back next week to learn the details of hat and parasol flirtations.