An Interesting Couple
They can't think where Mamma can have got to — they have been looking for her everywhere. (N.B. The most remote Refreshment -room selected)
No. XII in the Punch series, “Memorials of the Great Exhibition. — 1851.”
This cartoon suggests how the Great Exhibition — and, some decades later, public museums — created culturally sanctioned places for young unmarried people to meet, however briefy, without chaperones.
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