Thursday, January 21, 2010
Several people made the observation that yesterday's post may have been from two gay men who were looking for wives to put a veneer of legitimacy on their close friendship. For a second I was all disappointed that this burst the bubble of my beautiful dual love story - until I realized that this theory potentially provides an even more fascinating and enthralling love story! Fine, I'd feel a little sorry for the women who married these guys who were really in love with each other, but what a wonderful idea that these two men may have found each other in an era in which doing so would have been so difficult. How satisfying.
In any event, the two following ads are of an entirely different nature, and not even necessarily about love (the first...maybe), but I found them so interesting that I am posting them anyway. Hey, it's my blog after all.
Whaa...? I did some hunting and found very little of use. "Bachelor Studies" is a pretty useless Google search term; as you imagine, what mostly comes up is references to colleges and getting your bachelor's degree. I found a book with that title from the same year as this ad, but it's not by Fred, and it's not as if whatever the author's referring to here had to be written the year the ad was published. I also searched for the lines in quotes, but had no luck there either.
Which isn't to say I can't make a good guess about what the quote means - as confusing as it is - it's got to be suggesting that some woman should rely on her man, to put things as simply as possible. But the rest of the ad is quite an enigma. Who was Fred? Why does it matter that he was the author? What's the point of the ad in the first place? What coded message is being sent here? This is why I say it might be about love - that one line hints at the idea, but whether or not the meaning actually had anything to do with a relationship is impossible to really ascertain.
Now this next ad is not about love at all (well, not directly), but it is entirely unique. I've never seen anything like this before:
Crazy, huh? Now I know very little about this sort of thing, but I had heard before of the superstition that the caul of a baby could bring good luck to sailors, but in the late-nineteenth century I would have thought that would be pretty outdated. According to the admittedly random website I've linked to, this was more of a medieval belief, not one from an era so relatively recent. This is not to say there weren't people who still had superstitions - obviously, there were, and I imagine still are today. But I wonder if there really were sailors or shipowners who would still actually go buy a baby's caul in the 1870s. I honestly don't know. I guess anything's possible.
Poor lady, indeed, to be in so much distress as to try such a method to get money. Somehow I get the idea that the trouble she's in was directly connected to the baby, and that there's no father in the picture.
Anyway, I just saw this and thought it was too fascinating to ignore so I invite your comments as always.
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