In this modern age of digital communication and romance, it's sometimes hard to remember that you could once find a dating ad in a print newspaper or magazine. And it's even harder to recall how different—and hilarious—the standards used to be for those prospective dates.
But of all the vintage dating ads you can take a look back and read for a laugh, we think this dating ad, published in Harper's Weekly back in 1865, is hands down the funniest:
CHANCE FOR A SPINSTER. — A young man in Arrostook County, Maine, advertising for a wife, speaks of himself as follows:
"I am eighteen years old, have a good set of teeth, and believe in Andy Johnson, the star spangled banner, and the 4th of July. I have taken up a State lot, cleared up eighteen acres last year, and seeded ten of it down. My buckwheat looks first-rate, and the oats and potatoes are bully. I have got nine sheep, a two-year-old bull, and two heifers, besides a house and barn. I want to get married. I want to buy bread-and-butter, hoop-skirts, and waterfalls for some person of the female persuasion during life. That's what's the matter with me. But I don't know how to do it."
There's a lot to unpack here. First of all, who can say no to a man with a "good set of teeth"? Secondly, we really admire this young fellow's dedication to patriotism. And thirdly, buckwheat that looks first-rate ensures his lady will never go hungry.
And at the end of the day, if this woman is a hoop-skirt fan who loves good old-fashioned bread and butter, it sounds like she's pretty much set for life.
No definite word on whether the man in question got to say his "I do's," but after reading this dating ad, we sincerely hope he got his fairytale wedding after all.
Looking for a wife in 1865 pic.twitter.com/5YWWag7isA— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) June 19, 2017