Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"Carrie - The Colonel is in town: leaves today. Must see you at one o'clock. You know where." Translation: booty call! No, really, that's what this is! You know this story as well as I do; older military man with his young mistress. Not only that, but I know exactly how they met. It would have been through an ad just like this one:
This reads: "Personal - A respectable business-man of good habits desires to make the acquaintance of a nice, good-looking lady of about 20 years. Object, mutual improvement and a pleasant acquaintance. Address T33, Tribune office." Just replace "business-man" with "military man." My favorite part: "mutual improvement." Is that what they were calling it those days?
These ads are, of course, somewhat coded. I suppose it's possible I just have a smutty mind and the Colonel is just trying to meet up with...I don't know, his niece? To take her out to lunch or something? And perhaps the businessman was a true gentleman who just really wanted a pleasant acquaintance. But to believe that is, I think, pretty naive. Of course, the people reading these ads at the time may have been much more uptight than we are today, but they weren't naive either. They knew what was going on just as well as we do. And, I can assure you, they were just thrilled! (That was sarcasm, folks.)
So, what type of ad would you like to see more of? I'm happy to oblige!
Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!
©2009 Pam Epstein