The Original Lonely Hearts: Turn-of-the-Century Personal Ads

Finding love has never been easy. As early as the 1890s, people were using the papers’ classified section to place matrimonial ads, which were essentially want ads for a spouse. The first ad I came across is from 1909. This fellow seems heartfelt, if not grammatically inclined. This 1905 Babu Matrimonial Advertisement introduces us to…

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A Coded Message from 1905

Recently, I came across a coded message in the March 28, 1905 issue of The Evening World:   What is this? A clue to an elopement? If it is a message between sweethearts, one wonders who would welcome “GIMP” as a term of endearment! There could be other explanations. For instance, what if criminals used the personals…

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