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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This man had the misfortune of his ad showing up on the same day as Sincerity's, so I feel kind of bad for him. This ad is so sweet and, I think, truly sincere (unlike Sincerity's, which I found questionable). The text reads:

A highly respectable tradesman, in the [?]eredian of age, is most desirous of meeting a congenial companion for life. He is most healthy, affectionate, honorable, kind-hearted, cheerful and good natured, with ample means to make home comfortable. This may seem an odd way to find a wife, but romance will never see its end, and a noble heart half its measure. Please address Robt. W. Laviega, box 206 Herald office. N.B. - No lady need reply to this but such as are strictly sincere and equal to the most respectable in society. R.W.L.

Aw. I think he's the real deal. But I have a feeling that, with his ad placed under the one by Sincerity, no one even saw it. I mean, just reading the first ad would be so time-consuming and exhausting (believe me, I know!) that I'm not sure anyone would make it to the end, much less read the ad below it. Robert didn't reprint the ad, so either he was lucky and got some answers, or he was discouraged by a lack of replies and gave up. Or didn't want to pay for it; as I now know, matrimonial ads were quite expensive. Even a tradesman with ample means might hesitate at investing that much money again. But hey - maybe there were some persevering women who made it past Sincerity's ad, and replied to Robert. After all, not only can he maintain a wife comfortably, without asking anything from her, but if he really is all the things he claims (kind-hearted, good-natured, cheerful, affectionate, and romantic), he'd be, like, the perfect man. I change my mind; he's not a poor guy at all. Somehow I think things worked out all right.

By the way, if anyone can make out the beginning of the first word in the second line, I'd be most grateful. Liz? Emily? I'm looking at you guys. I feel like it's probably something totally obvious but I just can't figure it out.

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

Ok, my guess is that it's "meridian," but misspelled. I think it's his fancy way of saying that he's middle aged. And I agree with you, Pam. He sounds really sweet; hopefully his ad was a success.

Arwen August 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

I was going to suggest 'meridian' as well. And he does sound nice. He's saying what he had to offer instead of what a respondent needs to fulfull. Hope he found somebody :-)

Slatsette August 12, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

Agreed "Meridian" Middle-aged.

Pam August 12, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

See? You guys are so good. I should have thought of meridian. I guess it was the misspelling that threw me off.

Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I'll be content with a shout out in your dissertation. ;-) I've noticed that misspellings seem pretty common in these ads, and I always wonder how often the fault lies with the typesetters vs the people who wrote them.

Pam August 13, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

Emily - just let me finish it first! I've thought that too - typesetters probably made a lot of mistakes, and I suspect with ads they might have been more careless than with articles. But really, who knows?

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