1900: The courting call was a complicated event. One had to observe the appropriate amount of time between invitation and actual visit.
2000: “Maybe I’ll drop by later.”
1900: It was extremely important to conduct a proper discussion on only a small amount of topics, all of which covered the man’s interests, but nothing too personal.
2000: “Hand me the remote for the game, hon.”
1900: Men sent absurdly romantic letters gushing such scribes as a “thousand kisses for you,” and “forever yours.”
2000: “E-mail me.”
1900: It was customary for a local older woman to serve as a matchmaker for young couples. This woman was well known and well regarded in her town or village and garnered much respect from her peers and their offspring.
1900: Parlor games were common and usually played with the chaperone.
2000: Couples spend their time working out at the gym.
1900: Men had to go out of their way and spend a great deal of their wages to bring their young ladies a gift of chocolate, a symbol of love.