Dating ads in newspapers london

Of course there have always been those particular youth who are bolder and more independent than their peers.These brave souls took it upon themselves to post their own personal ads without the help of matrimonial agencies.Seems to be quite common to have dating ads in the local newspaper nowadays with a description and phone number.

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Creating your own personal ad also meant the ability to skew the facts and/or perhaps be a bit more demanding in your requirements for a mate.

For example, this California woman in 1909 cares naught for appearance, but requires any interested suitor to be worth at least a quarter of a million dollars (the modern equivalent of about $6 million).

Much like today, there were no guarantees that an advertisement would lead to a successful union or, if one of the correspondents was particularly cunning, even lead to a successful meeting.

The Morning Oregonian from November 24, 1903 tells the sad story of a tailor, waiting fruitlessly for his paramour to appear.

These agencies collected correspondence from hopeful ladies and gents and relayed them to prospective matches, preferably resulting in a marriage.

By the late 1800s, even the Salvation Army was getting into the matchmaking business, with hopes to “materially lessen the number of unsuitable unions.” The Evening Capital Journal from Salem describes this business venture as it unfolded in London: “A Matrimonial Agency” from April 11, 1892.

Needless to say, any advertisements at all with the subject of marriage often scandalized the older members of the community of newspaper readers.

You can read an editorial denouncing the whole practice of personal advertisements here: “Advertising for Husbands”.

Whether you believe the accuracy of this statistic or not, online dating, personal ads and the resulting relationships are normal enough that chances are you know or have encountered someone who has tried one of these non-traditional versions of matchmaking.

Finding alternate ways to meet mates certainly isn’t a new idea.

Newspapers of the time are riddled with unsatisfied customers and jilted respondents.

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