Earth & Conservation

Before Tinder, People Used Incredibly Cheesy Escort Cards

Swiping right, in the Victorian Age

In recent years, there's been a huge growth in dating apps. Some of them are more niche, some are more simple, and all are trying to get complex computer algorithms to help us find, ahem, that special someone. How did people ever find a match before this? It's interesting to learn that the basic idea behind dating apps--presenting some idealized version of yourself in the briefest way possible--goes back centuries.