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Seeking Lords of Creation

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You've probably noticed I haven't posted that many matrimonial ads from women so far on this blog. If you're thinking it's because women didn't print these ads, you're not completely wrong; they did, but in far lesser numbers than men. But the real reason is because, oddly, matrimonial ads from women are...kinda dull.

I know, you'd think that they'd be even more flowery and entertaining than what you saw from Christopher Leighton, for example. But although there are a few women out there who posted kind of cutesy little ads, nobody comes close to Christopher or Bertram for sheer effusiveness or eloquence. But I've dug up a few ads from women which are at least somewhat amusing.

This is what they say:

A young lady of mild, amiable, and even-tempered disposition and of a rather prepossessing and attractive appearance, and who has a considerable share of worldly goods, is desirous of forming an acquaintance with some Lord of Creation, with a view to matrimony. He may not be what he ought not to be. With particulars address J.M.R., Herald office.

A young and romantic miss of 19, having spent her life amid the romantic scenery of Catskill Mountains, feeling that she could no longer exist without visiting this city, hoping once here she could meet with one who would excel all her most fond and brilliant imaginations of God's most noble work - man; one whom she could trust, honor, and obey; trusting that through the medium of the paper, she could obtain the acquaintance, with a view to matrimony, as such, I have inserted this advertisement. Call on Miss EDITH GOLDEN, No. 363 6th-av.

Although the second one in particular is great, you can see what I mean when I say these are pretty much the most amusing ads I can find by women. I'll talk about why I think that's so in a later post, but onto these two.

The first is funny because it starts out so typical, and then suddenly she's all, "Lord of Creation" and stuff. Obviously I know she's not talking about meeting a god (or at least I assume not), and I'm sure everyone reading this knew exactly what she meant, but it is out of the ordinary. Plus the last line - "He may not be what he ought not to be." Again, I get it; it's actually a good line, but...I think this woman was a little wacky.

The ad from Miss Edith Golden, sadly, I don't think is real. Partly because no one is so stupid as to ask men to drop by and visit without some written correspondence first, but mostly from the address. Note the "363 6th-av."? Well I have five other ads, all from young and amiable misses, asking men to call on them at the same place. There's a chance these are girls who are going through an agent of some sort who's publishing the ads for them (not impossible), but most likely it's a scam.

Too bad, because Edith sounds like a riot.

As an aside, a friend pointed me to a blog I believe my readers might enjoy. It's called Wedding Road Trip, and it's exactly what it sounds like: two people getting married but taking a trip around the country first, with the idea of "learning more about marriage and the commitment there-in." Looks like a good read.

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

©2009 Pam Epstein


Unknown July 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

Do you think No. 363 6th Ave could be a brothel? Perhaps advertising a new girl? Or is it not how things were done?

Pam July 8, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

Karen's - I doubt it. Just because of the paper this ad came from, and a variety of other reasons - there were ads from brothels and prostitutes, but I'm pretty sure this was something else.

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