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Grimes Public Library hosted a Mad Tea Party on Saturday, March 19th. Participants learned about etiquette, elegance, and Victorian manners. Teens also learned about the Language of the Fan, and other ways to flirt in the Victorian era. Fan and hat flirtations were taken from Henry J. Wehman’s The Mystery of Love, Courtship, and Marriage (1890). Here are some examples of how to talk with a fan or a hat:
If you want to learn more, please visit Susanna Ives’ s blog (http://susannaives.com/wordpress/2012/12/a-collection-of-victorian-flirtations/).
Grimes Public Library will host another etiquette class for younger patrons this fall. If you would like to be notified of events at Grimes Public Library, please visit our Facebook page and subscribe to our events calendar.
Ives, S. (February 10, 2012). The mystery of love, courtship and marriage explained — Handkerchief and fan flirtations. [Web log]. SusannaIves. Retrieved from http://www.susannaives.com
Wehman, H. (1890). The mystery of love, courtship, and marriage. New York: Wehman Bros.