Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this ad - is it a joke? Is is a code? Whatever it is, it's certainly amusing.
H.T.W. - Those young ladies that were advertising for the nice young man of New York about the years 1870 and 1873: I simply cling to thee; thou art so near and yet so far: Harper's Magazine. I constantly dream of you; Liberty enlightening the world. Address M.B., box 342, Trenton, N.J.
I was about to write, "The interesting thing about this is..." when I realized that there are multiple interesting things about this! What an odd ad! Now first and foremost, it's important to know that this ad was published in...1884. So more than ten years after the dates he mentions. It's funny because it starts out sounding like a joke missed connection, like these two, which are amongst my favorite ads, like, ever.
But then it gets weirder. Harper's Magazine? What's that got to do with anything? (I took the extra step of looking at the issue of Harper's for the month this ad came out, but didn't immediately see an article that stood out as a possible connection and as much as I love you guys, no way am I reading the entire issue to see if I can find a link!) And "Liberty enlightening the world"? WTF is that all about? I have no earthly idea, frankly.
I do think it has to be a code of some sort. I don't like falling back on the code idea every time an ad doesn't make sense to me, or is too weird. But in cases like this, I don't know what else it could be. So, any theories behind the meaning of this bizarre ad? Because me: I got nothin'!
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