Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Although I'm obviously focusing on "romantic" personal ads, there were a lot of personals that were for other purposes. There are some very polite requests for thieves to return lost property, there are lawyers looking for heirs, parents looking for children, presumably unmarried women looking for someone to adopt their babies...the list goes on. So here are a few examples of those, all from one day:
Here's what they say:
A. Israel, Late of 156 Grand Street - Call on or address Geo W Gibbons, 446 Broome street, New York. Something important to communicate.
Alf - Communicate with your brother Charley immediately. D.M.M.
A little girl and new born infant for adoption. Call at Private Lying In Institute, 6 Amity place, near Amity street. H.D. Grindle, M D, Physician and Accoucheur
Dear Papa - Be kind and let me hear from you once more. Address Louie, Herald office.
Information wanted. - The sister of Walter and Frederick Taylor, formerly of Crayford, Kent, having arrived from England, is most desirous that her brothers would immediately communicate with her, as she is alone. Any person knowing the whereabouts of these gentlemen would confer a favor on the lady by address Mrs. Brennan, at the Astor House, New York.
The party who visited the house on West Thirty third street on the evening of the 15th last, between 7 1/2 and 8 o'clock, will be liberally dealt with for the return of the missing articles. Address Confidence, Herald office.
But the absolutely most fascinating that I have found in all my research are a series of nine ads whose purpose I simply cannot fathom, all about Sadda Rang and Lalla Rang. I'm going to post these ads in the exact sequence and time frame that they were in originally, so you can get an idea of how the people reading the newspaper would have seen them. And when I'm done, you all can weigh in with your opinions about who or what Sadda and Lalla were. Because I have absolutely no earthly idea; they are a total mystery to me.
So without further ado, here is the first one:
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