It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible,
and a man's to keep unmarried for as long as he can.
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

Created 26 July 1998 - updated 1 April 2001
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When Dreams Come True--(1911 postmark)
Yeah, right. Here's
a closer look at the happy family.
Movies from Real Life
The Same Old Story: Spring - Sting - Ring - Bing!

(1918 postmark)
Boy meets girl. Boy woos girl. Boy weds girl.

Here is to Matrimony - the convalescent state
of that most delirious malady called love.
(c.1910 signed art by Ryan)
The wife reads a book titled How to Be Happy Though Married. The husband gloomily ponders a bill for Imported Hats. The yawning Cupid between them sits on an upside-down champagne glass.

My nights are now fully occupied. (1907 copyright)
Bamforth & Co. Publishers, Series No. 1086
The wife lies snoring in bed while the poor papa in his nightshirt must cope with the bawling baby. I assume they share that bed since his clothes are strewn beside it, but it doesn't look much wider than a twin size.
Valentine Greetings (1906 copyright)
Raphael Tuck & Sons' Valentine Post Card, Series "A."

The much married man should not talk,
At strenuous duties ne'er balk,
When at two in the morn,
He takes his first born
(Whether triplets or twins) for a walk!

The object framed by the heart in the upper right corner is a feeding bottle with three tubes coming out of the top.

Everybody's doing it! (c. 1910 signed art by Hartley?)
While his young female companion looks on, a middle-aged man composes a telegram: "Dear Wife - Can't get home for dinner tonight. Detained on business." Note the caricatures of the Afro-American waiter in background and the smoking telegram boy.
Hubby is in the city Hurrah! Hurrah! (1909 copyright)
The wife's response to the telegram above? More amusing is the message written above the naughty twosome by the sender Roy Leaf to his wife in Union Star, Kentucky:
Is this what you say - I bet you dont. (At first, I thought the pattern on the stained glass in the door was a cross and the absent husband was a minister, but on second glance the design appears to be a windmill. )

The message on reverse reads:

Dear little Wife, I rec[eive]d. your letter to-day was awful glad to get it, when I get a letter from you I just drop my work and go to reading it[.] I am glad you are doing well. you write and ask ma about the apple butter[.] if she still wants to make it for us I will send her the money to buy the sugar, just one more hr. from now i will be at work[-] off at 10:01 [.] Robbie likes his work fine. Yours - Roy-

post script in upper left corner: you bet I would be surprised to come in and find you had my dinner ready. a pleasant one too Cooking and working is something fierce with no sleeping. Your Hubby.

in small print under POST CARD: I could write finer if I thought you could read it.

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