Thursday, June 18, 2009
Some of you gave me some interesting feedback about the lengthy ad I posted yesterday, so I'd love to know what you think about the two follow-up ads "Sincerity" published over the following week and a half. Dig in, folks!
Here's the text:
The advertisement published at length in Saturday's Herald, Jan. 3, is still open for answers. Show your moral courage, young ladies, and write to, and in sincerity. All he requires is a good looking, amiable, and highly respectable young lady, with a fortune of her own, so that he may know she does not wish to marry him for his. Address for ten days, enclosing carte de visite, (which will be returned if desired,) and stating when and where an interview may be had, Sincerity, box 210 Herald office, New York.
Matrimonial. - Sincerity is not yet engaged, although he may be in a very few days. Send your cartes de visite (returned if requested), and show your moral courage, young ladies. Is not a young man, in the pride and strength of early manhood, prepossessing in appearance, who can prove his high respectability, and his claim to property, &c., to the amount of about $50,000, worth a reply from more than two or three dozen young ladies of high respectability, and at least moderate fortune, attractive in person and amiable in disposition? Address (in full confidence) for ten days Sincerity, box 210 Herald office. P.S. - Ladies enclosing cartes de visite will be more likely to receive answers.
Yeah, I have no idea what to make of these either. Do you? I could imagine a group of guys getting together and printing these ads for a laugh, to see the responses they got (somehow the expense makes me feel that one guy wouldn't do this on his own just for fun). But I could also imagine some young man with a really, really quirky sense of humor putting these in the paper and actually being, well, sincere.
Except, of course, if I was a woman reading these ads the absolute last thing that would make me want to answer one would be knowing that two or three dozen other may have already done so.
Frankly, I just don't know. Everything about these three ads is bizarre. And what does he mean by "moral courage"? What does he mean by anything? Was he just totally nuts? Help!
I nearly forgot again "A. - The fairest flowers of the season - Sadda Rang and Lalla Rang. So say we all of us."
Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!
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