Of course, there were exceptions to this general principle.
Just like singles oriented websites, Play Date My matches your family's personality with other families, enables you to create new friendship in your area.
This is a good question but photographic evidence suggests that in many cases even humbler working ancestors followed the latest styles.
By the time photography reached a mass market in the 1860s, the concept of fashion was already well-established and was widely understood across the social spectrum.
Getting romantically involved with a friend can be tricky, but dating a family friend can be even more complicated.
Yes, if things work out it would have been well worth the risk, but if they don't, things could get incredibly awkward for everyone involved — you can't really avoid those close to your family!