Saturday, July 3, 2010
I thought I'd look and see if anyone printed any interesting July 4 ads, but (of the newspapers I actually possess from that day in any year), I didn't find anything related to the holiday. But on July 3 one year, I found several good ads, all right next to each other. And there's one in particular that was a good find.
Augusta, Ga. - "I am lonely tonight, love, without you." Georgia.First of all, the great find. Anyone who's been reading this blog for a looong time might recall the two ads I blogged about last year to and from Sol S. Well, looky what I found! Here's another Sol S ad that I didn't even know about. But it's no surprise I missed it last time; it was published about a year and a half before the two I wrote about before. It is just amazing to me how long these relationships could last (see: Vine and Trellis if you don't believe me), given how many of them seem totally doomed from the start. A year and a half, at least, and probably longer, Sol S is devoted to this person who in the end just dumps him/her. Okay, some of you at the time thought Sol S's lover was letting him/her down gently, but I am still on the fence. I think it was kind of cold-hearted to break up via personal - and more so than ever when I see just how long this relationship lasted.
A. Sent you immediately as you desired. Have not heard from you. See me this morning sure. A.
Beautiful eyes, black dress and gloves, white lace shawl, left Fifth avenue stage about 5 o'clock Wednesday, near Society Library - Vouchsafe interview to admirer who sat near by, spellbound. State particulars to avoid mistake. Address Discretion, box 215 Herald office.
Darling - Rely upon my undiminished love: I think of you constantly and long to see you alone. Sol S.
Fannie L.P. - Silence not my fault - Grand Opera House, Saturday matinee, same seat. Harry.
Laura - Send a long, explicit letter through Post office. We may be happy yet. H.R.C.
As for the others, mostly just more heartbreak and lovesick couples. Doesn't the first quote sound like it ought to be in a rock song? I wonder what Georgia was really quoting from, if anything. I like the super cheesy missed connection in there too. "Vouchsafe interview to admirer who sat near by, spellbound." My my. I love this though, I do, because people didn't actually say vouchsafe anymore by the time this ad was published. So the author is really recreating himself, in a way, as a romantic hero - you know, all "knight in shining armor" style. I like that. It's also kind of the point of part of my dissertation. And that's not trivial, because he's paying money to say this - exactly this. It's like buying an expensive costume to attend a masquerade ball. Except not really, but sort of.
Hmm. I should work that into my revisions. Pardon me.
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