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Love letters in the papers

Monday, May 11, 2009

Charlie's ad was just an example - however unique - of what I've been calling "correspondence" ads. When that letter appeared in the newspaper, I'm sure it surprised its readers, but they would have been used to seeing this type of notice before. In fact, readers would have seen them on a daily basis!

So, without further ado, here are some correspondence ads, all from one day:

All sorts of goodies here. I imagine "Belle" as a Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil type, with "Manhattan" as her Valmont. "Othello" and "Desdemona" - more Shakespeare. Bertram wasn't the only one drawing on the Bard - and he wasn't the only one drawing on him somewhat inappropriately. I've also run across two different sets of "Romeo" and "Juliet." Kind of amusing to me that couples would borrow pseudonyms from people who, you know, died, but I have a feeling the people placing these ads might have reveled a little bit in the idea of being tragic lovers. Finally, there's "Ned" and "Second Edition." Where Second Edition got her(?) pseudonym is a mystery to me, but I promise you that this one is nothing compared to some I've seen (just wait till you hear about my favorite couple: Hair Dye and Eyebrows).

In any case, don't fret about lonely Second Edition. Two days later, this ad appeared:

All's well that ends well.

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

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