Courtship was the ritual that would allow the families to evaluate potential matches and determine if the arrangement would be advantageous.
The courting script was usually contained to “calling,” in which the man was invited into the woman’s parlor for conversations over tea and involved a large degree of supervision.
1869, 1 October: the first postcard, a pre-printed correspondence card, was sent through the public postal service in Austria.
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(The first French postage stamp was issued on 1 January 1849.) This section is a train-spotter’s delight of lists of dates and accompanying postage rates.
It is best used as a reference section, rather than reading from beginning to end (unless, of course, you are a train-spotter type! Great Britain 1870 - 1918: ½d (one half-penny/one half-pence, hap’ny) apparently, postcard postage for overseas was 1d (one penny) 1918, 3 June: 1d 1921, 13 January: 1½d 1922, 24 May: 1d 1940, 1 May: 2d (letter 2½d) 1957, 1 October: 2½d (letter 3d) 1965, 17 May: 3d (letter 4d) 1968, 16 September: postage tariffs changed to first and second class.