In the age of Tinder and OkCupid, it’s easy to think that people just don’t know how to start a conversation in person anymore. The time of the “meet-cute” seems to be coming to close.

It turns out, though, that humans have always had a dodgy relationship with romance in spontaneous situations. That’s why way back in the 19th century, people would use business cards with pick-up lines on them to get their foot in the door. And once you get a look at them, your humors are certain to be all aflutter.

1. I’ve always wanted someone to call me “creature.”

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2. I’ve been to Cupid’s Shrine. Not that special, really.

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3. How sweet of you to notice my coral lips.

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4. P.P.S. Come, we shall bumpeth and we shall grindeth.

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5. Every woman wants a man that’s about her size and complexion to protect her.

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6. Devilishly clever, ho ho ho.

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7. Don’t check the mitten, I’m positively smitten!

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8. Let’s make like a couple of frogs and hop on out of here.

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9. Sounds like a personal problem.

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10. Worst Monopoly pieces ever.

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11. “I hate to see you leave, but I love to sit on a fence and watch you go.”

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12. The Original Friendzone.

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13. Yeeeaaaaah, you can take that back.

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14. The Saw of relationship goals.

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15. The precursor to “Netflix and Chill.”

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16. Chance of a lifetime! Much love! Very relationship! So happiness!

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17. “No Extra Charge For Nightwork” is somehow the least creepy part of this.

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18. How adorable.

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There’s something about these old-timey pick-up lines that really toes the line between creepy and sweet. Tinder isn’t so different after all!

Share these hilarious Victorian era pick-up lines with your friends below. Who knows, maybe you can try a few out!