Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to Exchange Photographs, 1891


Portrait of an Unknown Daguerrotypist, 1845
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

"Photographs should never be solicited from a mere acquaintance. Wait till you know a lady well before asking for her likeness. No gentleman should be allowed to possess, nor should he seek to possess, a lady's picture without first having met her at least seven times... And it is also unnecessary to comply with a like request from the lady till of fast acquaintance."

Mortimer Delano de Lannoy, Simplex Munditiis. Gentlemen (1891)

Best practices for dating: Keep plenty of headshots on hand, but never hand them over before the seventh date.

1 comment:

  1. The gentleman pictured herein demonstrates his proof of a minimum of 63 meetings among 9 different ladies. This photograph is considered our best extant example of a 19th century playa.

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