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The Lonely Hearts of Yesterday: Love & Mischief in 19th Century Personal Ads [Kindle Edition]

Laura Schaefer
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Book Description

Personal advertisements have been around as long as newspapers themselves. If you're curious about what a "matrimonial ad" from the 1800s looked like, this is your book. Read it aloud and marvel at missives like:

           "Gentleman, 38, height 5 ft., 9 in., weight 170, black hair, brown eyes, fair complexion, wishes to meet lady, 35 to 38, refined, normal weight, good looking, good teeth, not tired of society, and invest and accept half interest in a manufacturing business; can handle her own money; view to matrimony. Stamp for reply."

           "I hereby give notice to all unmarried women that I, John -----, am at this writing five-and-forty, a widower, and in want of a wife. As I wish no one to be mistaken, I have a good cottage, with a couple of acres of land, for which I pay 2--- a year. I have five children, four of them old enough to be in employment; three sides of bacon, and some pigs ready for market. I should like to have a woman fit to take care of her house when I am out. I want no second family. She may be between forty and fifty if she likes. A good stirring woman would be preferred, who would take care of the pigs."

This book of 19th and early 20th century matrimonial advertisements--along with newspaper stories about romantic advertising adventures gone awry--will lighten your mood and reveal the unchanging optimism of men and women searching for love. The collection is organized by year, with ads from 1775 to 1918.

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About the Author

Laura Schaefer has been a feature writer at for almost ten years. She enjoys covering all aspects of romance for Happen Magazine, from history and science to trends and humor. You can find many of her articles about love and dating at

Laura is the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008) and Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor: The Best and Worst Personal Ads of All Time (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). She is also the founder and publisher of Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids. The series includes titles covering Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Paris, Universal Orlando, LEGOland Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, New York City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Chicago.

Product Details

  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WWBG20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and entertaining June 22, 2012
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This book kept me entertained all the way through. The personal ads were all very different styles, some writers almost poetic while others may well have been enquiring if anyone had a robust bull they wished to part with. I liked that the book was set out in time line order, the differences in the writing so evident between the first and last pages. This collection would be amusing for anyone with an interest in historical romances, and we had a lot of laughs in the nursing home where I work with the residents speculating about the stories begind the short snippets of information.

**The author of this book provided a copy of this ebook to me for an honest and unbiased review**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing November 16, 2012
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Amusing little tid bits of a time gone by. A little pricey as the book is not many pages. But other than that it was a good quick read.
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More About the Author

Laura Schaefer is co-founder of and the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011) and The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008). She is also the founder and publisher of Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids. The series includes titles covering Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando, LEGOland Florida, SeaWorld, New York City, Philadelphia, London, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Chicago and The Smithsonian.

Under the pen name Avery Sawyer, Laura is the author of Notes to Self, a young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury.

Visit Laura online at, or You can follow her on Twitter (@teashopgirl) or look for her frequent articles at,, MoneyMix Magazine online and several other sites.


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