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The Tale of Wedded Life In Ten Scenes | Before and After Marriage In Five Acts
The Tale of Wedded Life In Ten Scenes

Cassius Coolidge published a short series of sketches that depict stages of relationships. So in tune was he with these matters that "no married couple [would be] safe without a copy of this work on their table." Published in 1877, it was available for one dollar, including shipping. Unfortunately, I have only found six scenes from the work, plus its cover, so the last four stages of relationships shall remain a mystery. The known ones are: smitten, betrothed, married, tongue, muscle, and evenings down town. The actual cards are shown below. They are signed "Kash," but "by C.M. Coolidge" is printed below each illustration.

The Tale of Wedded Life In Ten Scenes

The Tale of Wedded Life - Cover
Cover
The Tale of Wedded Life - Smitten
Scene I: Smitten
The Tale of Wedded Life - Betrothed
Scene II: Betrothed
The Tale of Wedded Life - Married
Scene III: Married
The Tale of Wedded Life - Tongue
Scene IV: Tongue
The Tale of Wedded Life - Muscle
Scene V: Muscle: Home a little hell
The Tale of Wedded Life - Evenings Down Town
Scene VI: Evenings Down Town—"Out of the frying pan and into the fire"
Before and After Marriage In Five Acts

Apparently after his self published work, Coolidge was commissioned to create a custom version of his scenes for Jaques, Atwood & Co. in Chicago. On the back of each, however, is an advertisement for Albert Moulton, which sold many items including groceries, furniture, and looking glasses, among others. See below for complete details.

Back of Cards

The advertisement on the back of each card

The story was cut from ten scenes to five, each placed on 3"x5" paper cards. They were drawn by Cassius Coolidge and written by Geo M. Hayes, copyright 1882. The categories that relationships go through in this set are: Love, Engaged, Married, Married for 1 Year, and Married for 5 Years. The cards are available below for your viewing pleasure.

Before and After Marriage in Five Acts

Before and After Marriage - Cover
Cover
Before and After Marriage - In Love
In Love
Before and After Marriage - Engaged
Engaged
Before and After Marriage - Married
Married
Before and After Marriage - Married 1 Year
Married 1 Year
Before and After Marriage - Married 5 Years
Married 5 Years
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