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The Language of the Fan - Compiled by Darna Michie

During the Civil War, flirting had to be done discretely and subtly for a woman to protect her reputation and avoid being seen as a coquette, flirt, or loose woman.  Among the non-verbal cues developed among Victorians was the use of that fairly common accessory, the fan, to signal emotions and intentions during social settings, particularly parties and dances.


Following is a list of flirtatious fan gestures and the meanings they were intended to convey.

The Language of the fan



More Fan Links

The Language of the Fan

The Importance of Fans and Fan Language

The Language of the Fan



About Darna Michie

Darna Michie is the wife of 1st Michigan Light Artillery commander Major Gary Michie and is proprietor of East Angel Harbor Hats.