Love is in the Air | Sarah Weatherwax

February 5, 2015 5:37 PM

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Perhaps as a distraction from yet another month of winter weather, turning the calendars to February focuses some of our thoughts on Valentine's Day and romance. While we are all familiar with today's ubiquitous visual records of weddings, I found myself wondering about love and marriage and photography in an earlier time period, and began looking through the Library Company's collections with an eye to romance.

In the late 19th century marriage and courtship found their way into popular visual culture through comic stereographs like this one by Philadelphia photographer William Rau The large umbrella undoubtedly hid the young couple's furtive kissing.

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