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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Here are two ads I found from the same day that I found quite amusing...but also a bit odd. The first is, I think, my favorite.

I'm not sure if it's a missed connection of the type that I've been writing about; it doesn't say anything about romance, but no matter.

It says:

Will the two young ladies, with libraries attached, that noticed a cartload of sewing machines (or pianos) about four o'clock on the afternoon of April 1, and who left a Broadway stage and passed down Cortlandt street, please communicate with "Roman Tie" or "Green Bow," Herald office.

Hee. I don't get it, but I like it. Honestly I would say it isn't a true missed connection at all (I've seen ads like, if the two women who saw the man fall and get his arm crushed by a stagecoach would get in touch, that'd be great), but for the "Roman Tie" or "Green Bow." And in any event, what else could it be? Plus, sewing machines or pianos? You know, pianos are, like, significantly larger than sewing machines! Big difference. Huge.

I'd like to add, by the way, how much fun it must have been for the people who worked at this newspaper's mailroom. Can't you just imagine two guys walking into the office and asking, "So, do you have any mail addressed to 'Green Bow'?" Heh.

Now here's another missed connection from a woman, which as we all know is a rarity, but I don't think it's from a "lady." It reads:

Blossom Hop. - If the short, good looking gent, with full beard, diamond and emerald ring, who noticed and followed the lady the whole of the evening, wishes for further acquaintance he may address Elise, Union square Post office.

I don't know what the Blossom Hop refers to, but my assumption is that it was some kind of spring party (this being early April). But these circumstances I find so interesting! Who is this guy who "followed the lady the whole of the evening"? Who does that? It reminds me of the wonderful ads I posted many, many moons ago from those men who were following women around - but Elise seems quite pleased about it. I wonder if that has anything to do with the "diamond and emerald ring"? It's so sleazy that he was following her around - was he actually talking to her, or literally stalking her? And if he wasn't talking to her, why not? If she was a lady, why wasn't she annoyed? And where were her friends to be like, "who is that jerk who keeps following you everywhere??" I've posited that I don't think prostitutes used missed connections much, because it seems like there are so many easier ways to get clients, but I'm starting to think that maybe there are exceptions to that - and if so, this is definitely one of them.

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©2009 Pam Epstein


Unknown October 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

The use of the word 'gent' in that second ad definitely suggests class implications to me, backing up your thought that this might be a working girl's ad - I don't remember seeing that kind of informal language in any of the more 'honest' missed connections you've posted so far.

Pam October 13, 2009 at 11:19 AM  

I noticed that too Liz - in fact, meant to comment on it but forgot. That may be the first time I've ever seen "gent"!

Ms Avery October 13, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Does the first ad say "Broadway stage" rather than "state"?

Pam October 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM  

Ms Avery - oops, yes, typo!

Unknown October 14, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

I have to admit I'm puzzled by the "with libraries attached" bit. Is this a historical reference to something?

Perhaps Elise is looking for a long term protector and not just a couple nights.

Pam October 14, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Melinda - yes, that was odd to me too - another thing I intended to mention and didn't. My brain. Slowly melting. I suspect the "libraries" were a type of satchel or something? I don't know though - it's an odd way of putting it.

Anonymous October 16, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

Ladies with libraries attached, what a boon for the thinking man!

Mario October 17, 2009 at 1:26 AM  

I might suggest that if you consider treadle-powered sewing machines and upright pianos, the shapes on the pack of a cart actually become similar. And if they were boxed/crated--and I must here admit that I am unfamiliar with the industrial packaging proclivities of Victorians, so have no idea whether this if is plausible--the shapes of the boxes would be easily confused by passersby. Just a thought...

Pam October 17, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

Mario - good call - you may be right! I tend to think of sewing machines as the little ones we have today, but of course then they would have been much larger.

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