Parasols and fans and hankerchiefs were all used by young ladies to signal intent, serving as a form of communication to would-be suitors. An article appearing in El Paso Herald on December 6, 1900, takes flirtation devices to a whole new level.
The Brick Flirtation
The Enterprise of Lewisville, Denton county, states that a young lady of that place asked the paper to furnish her with a new flirtation. She said she knew the fan, hankerchief and parasol flirtations but they were growing old and she wanted a new one. The Enterprise gives her the following: