- What is my age:
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If this profile popped up today on a dating website, would it be a hit or a miss for you? What if you were a single woman living in Minnesota inwhich is when and where this ad was published? Would your perspective be different?
Here are some of the funniest personal dating that were published. As well as providing rare glimpses of what our ancestors actually thought and felt, they show how romantic expectations differed widely between the sexes and how they have changed over time.
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Here are some of the most unusual would-be love stories discovered in historical newspapers. As the above extract from is quite blurry and difficult to decipher, here's a transcript of the ad:.
My family is as follows: the eldest boy is 13 years old — the younger is boy 5 years old — and a girl 8 years old. My house is my own, and I have no rent to pay.
I have an acre of potatoes, half blues and half whites, this year. My wife has been dead 13 months' ago, last Shroton fair; the children live with themselves in the day time but I am always at home with them at night. I do think that it would be better if there was a woman to look after them, both for the children and myself.
I have got 8 shillings a week for my work, and the boy 2 shillings a week, and have constant employ. I want a good and steady woman between 30 and 40 years old, for a wife.
I do not want a second family. I want a woman to look after the pigs while I am out at work. She must not be more than 14 years, nor less than 7 years younger than the gentleman.
Incredibly blunt lonely heart adverts from past will make you want to stay single
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History's funniest lonely hearts reveal how our ancestors looked for love
Blog Home Discoveries. History's funniest lonely hearts reveal how our ancestors looked for love. Niall Cullen 13 February This snippet from is quite faded in the original paper, so here's what was said:.
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