As we countdown to Valentine’s Day we reflect on how romantic gestures have changed since Victorian Times! In an era defined by hidden emotions and non-public displays of affection it seems that Victorian ladies had to find more subtle ways to communicate with potential suitors.
One of the ways to do this was to use their accessories, such as the fan to cleverly send messages to the person of interest.
Fast fan – I am independent
Slow fan – I am engaged
Fan with right hand in front of face – Come on
Fan with left hand in front of face – Leave me
Fan open and shut – Kiss me
Fan open wide – Signified Love
Fan half open – Signified Friendship
Fan shut – Signified Hate
Fan swinging – Translated “Can I see you home?”
It seems that there was a lot to keep up with in those times, I wonder if the signals were ever misread and if so what the consequences would have been?
Intrigued as to how romantic gestures are viewed these days we asked our team for their suggestions for Valentine’s Day;
Top ways to spend Valentine’s Day ranged from indoor picnics to dinner in Paris (or a French Restaurant), or spending time together.
Most romantic gestures, some said their proposal was the most romantic gesture they had received whilst another of our lucky team has had a song written for her!
Suggestions for favourite love songs were varied from Joy Division to Whitney and The Beatles to Biffy Clyro.
Whatever you have planned this Valentine’s Day we hope it is as romantic as you want it to be! And if you’re still looking for the perfect way to celebrate why not visit our Seasonal Offers page
Love from the Team at Spa 1877
*Source: Michelle J Hoppe, Courting the Victorian Woman, 2001. http://www.literary-liaisons.com/article009.html