It's the holiday season...are you afraid to show up to the family dinner still unattached? Is your lack of marital or paternal status causing mutterings among the relatives? Do you need a last minute arrangement to take the focus off your failings?
Turns out, this is a problem experience by people of all backgrounds across history. Do you find online dating unappealing and a pain? Try having to advertise in a newspaper, where everyone could see.
The following clippings are taken from the Courier, right around the turn of the 20th century, and each subscriber, as they were referred to, had the same goal in mind: matrimony. Even into the 1900s, marriage filled an economic and social role, regardless of background, age, or station in life.
Use these ads as a comedic break for the holiday season, and maybe draw some inspiration for your own family dinners.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.