Tinder in the 19th century? Victorian era Americans used ‘escort cards’ to flirt

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(Feb. 12, 2016)– The idea of discreet romantic interactions that a service like Tinder provides isn’t new.

In the late 19th century, Americans exchanged cheeky personalized cards to start a romance. Call them the ink-and-paper Tinder.

Escort cards helped people find intimacy while breaking the strict conventions of social interaction.

Men would come up with their “best” (or more likely cheesy) pick up line and put in on card. The card would be passed to a woman. She would decide whether to keep the card or reject him by returning it.

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