Let a 1865 dating ad give you tips on how to woo like a Victorian lover
Are we certain that men have actually evolved in the last century or so? Sure it may seem like there are way more genuinely ~nice guys~ now, but do they offer to buy you bread and butter?
Didn’t think so!
Max Roser, a researcher for the University of Oxford, posted a photo of an 1865 newspaper dating ad. The headline reads “Chance for a Spinster” and though “spinster” is mostly used as insult now, at the time he was just trying to call out all the single ladies.
Damn, an 18-year old with good teeth and 10 acres of seeded land? Sign. Us. Up.
This man seeking a woman simply didn’t know how find someone of the female persuasion to share his sheep with. It’s honestly an incredibly relatable problem, even in 2017. And the poor chap didn’t have Tinder to see what hoop-skirt loving ladies were living in his area.
Though we don’t have any information on the lucky gal who responded to his ad, this 19th-century gentleman is currently getting a lot of attention on Twitter.
I’m bout to do that shit right now haha
— Drew (@DrowsyDrew87) June 19, 2017
“…bread and butter, hoop skirts and waterfalls…” This man was a true romantic. I hope he found someone who loved him.
— Lorien Shaw (@Glaxona) June 19, 2017
The lesson here? Dating apps are just newspaper ads of the future. And someday the people of the future might get a real kick out of your Tinder bio.