The 19th Century’s Version of Online Dating

Even in 2010 many believe that online dating is not an organic enough way to meet people.  That it’s too impersonal, that they prefer the old fashioned way to finding their Valentine.  Read the profile below which was part of an Op-Ed in yesterday’s NY Times.    Don’t overlook the date the date this profile was written.

A young lady of 18, wealthy, pretty and agreeable, wants a husband. Not finding any one of her acquaintance who suits her, she has concluded to take this method of discovering one. The happy gentleman must be wealthy, stylish, handsome and fascinating. None other need apply. Address within three days, giving name and full particulars, and enclosing carte de visite, Carrie Howard, Station D, New York.

June 5, 1863

To read the complete article and other 19th Century personal ads go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/opinion/14epstein.html

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