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Ugly is as ugly does

Friday, December 11, 2009

HA!  Be it a joke or for real, it's definitely pretty funny.  This my new favorite lady!

I want a husband, who wants a wife. - I am one of the ugliest little creatures that you ever saw; am a perfect fright and constant tease; would frighten a modest, sensitive gentleman dressed in black out of his senses, and I am withal poor; do not expect in the future a legacy from any of my most distant relatives.  A young gentleman of a lively temperament and honestly disposed may address, including 25 cents or more if he wants any pictures, according to the amount of ugliness he wants, and receive it.  I can't pay for it myself.  Address Hattie W., Herald office.

Not only is it rare to find ads from women, but it is even more rare to find such lengthy ones, and almost impossible to find ones this hilarious!  Oh, Hattie - you may not be much to look at, but I'll bet you're a riot to hang out with - whomever you are.  I think it's worth mentioning that anyone as poor as she claims to be certainly wouldn't have the funds to take out such a long ad - they were not cheap, and if she can't swing 25 cents to send a picture, I don't know how she could afford what this must have cost.

That's what makes me think it might not be for real - well, that and the fact that the ad could not have been written in any way to be less appealing.  She's also obviously spoofing on the typical ads placed by both men and women - the reference to the lack of a distant relative to bequeath her any wealth, for example.  But you know what?  I don't care whether or not it was sincere.  "Hattie" got a kick out of placing it, and I get a kick out of reading it - and I'll bet people back in the day did too. 

I wish I knew whether or not anyone wrote back - and if so, what they might have said.  So irritating that I will never find out!

Having trouble reading the ads? Click one to enlarge!

©2009 Pam Epstein


Unknown December 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM  

Wow! This is absolutely precious. I hope whoever wrote back composed an answer in the spirit of the original :)

Pam December 11, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

I know, me too!

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