Meeting, Dating, Marrying – A Relationship Has Bloomed the Same Way For 100s of Years!

Libraries are amazing places and great tools for research and curiosities from yesteryear. Case in point: this collection of stereograph slides from the Boston Public Library. We may look back and think of a golden age, but when you look at the steps to courtship and marriage, it doesn’t seem that different. All the steps are there, from awkward first date to kids embarrassingly protesting protective and concerned parents all the way to the bliss of unexciting everyday life in marriage.

We think our favorite part (click through to the end!) is how big the wedding is made versus the relationship day-to-day. Seems totally normal.

Step 1: The First Date, Chaperoned in the Living Room. Awkward.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.