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Wednesday, July 1, 2009



Seriously - they'd make a perfect match. See for yourself:

A wife, of a suitable age, wanted by a professional gentleman between fifty and sixty years of age - one companionable, of good disposition, and quiet domestic habits, with some means to contribute to our mutual comfort. Should this meet the eye of a lady who may desire a companion with whom to while away our few remaining days, she will please address P.F.O.G., New York Post office, which will be strictly confidential.

Matrimonial. - A widow of the highest respectability desires to correspond with an elderly gentleman of means and intelligence, with a view to matrimony. Being the recipient of a good English education, a fair linguist and pleasing musician, also of a lively and domestic temperament, she might propose to go happily down the hill of life with a suitable companion, being by no means young and far from old. Address F.L.N. New-York Post-office.


All together now: Awww! Now, these two ads were about a year apart, same city, although different newspapers, so you never know - maybe they managed to meet! Wouldn't that have been fantastic? I swear, it's like they were made for each other! (Although would he like her "lively and domestic temperament," when he wanted someone of "quiet domestic habits"? Eh, I think so. She'd brighten his days.)

These are the moments when I absolutely refuse, no matter the mention of money, to believe that all these ads were from schemers who just wanted to rip off rich folk. And I like F.L.N. especially. She sounds like a cheerful, friendly person who you'd like to get to know.

I know the odds are slim, but I like to imagine these two met and happily whiled their way down the hill of life together.


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©2009 Pam Epstein

4 comments:

Mike July 1, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

I'll have to admit I'm getting addicted to these ads. Pam, how could today's be a scam? I can only imagine a couple of well-to-do-folks writing letters and then setting off down Broad street for a meeting at a hotel restaurant for tea. OK, I 'fess up to being on the naive side. After all years ago I responded to my first Nigerian bank scam saying, "I don't know how I got your letter but save yourself some money, here's the number for the international desk at Chase."

Pam July 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM  

Mike, if you're addicted then I am achieving my purpose in life. ;)

The Lousy Cook July 1, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Just found your blog today via the front page of Open Salon. I love these ads! I'm definitely intrigued by Sadda & Lalla Rang. I wonder if it's an anagram for someone's name?

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