The Trials of Courtship in 1862
Well, since we all are enjoying these cartoons from the past, I will share some more. These are from Punch magazine, published in London from 1841 to 1992. These are from the 1862 volume I found at an estate sale.
Has the girl gone through the drain pipe to get to see her gentleman caller? Isn’t that awfully forward of her? What is that giant basket he is sitting on? And will the old woman in the background tell on them?
That is one way to get out of dancing.
It could be worse. She could have to have dinner with the man with the messy whiskers.
I hope that is the mother in the doorway and not the parlor maid, and she will tell the papa not to be ridiculous, and will invite the young man in at the last minute.
Clothing details I love in these cartoons — the muslin cap on the old woman, the ribbons and roses on the ball gowns, the hoop skirt hiked up to get through the wet streets and the big plaid shawl on the young lady.