This morning, I stumbled across this little piece in the Irish Independent. Hundreds of pictures of young men and women from the 19th century were discovered in a house in Co Meath. The headline is "Portrait of a lady: how dating worked in the 19th century".
The article went on to explain that sending a portrait of yourself to possible suitors was standard practice in the 1900s and due to the fact that post was delivered several times a day, steady communication was possible. As a PhD student from the University of Ulster said it's "a bit like texting".
Isn't it funny how things change, the more they stay the same? Romance today and romance in 19th century have more in common than at first glance - it all begins with communication. If only the notion of courting was still in use.