Love For Sale: Personal Ads From the 19th Century

Any Good- or Ugly-Looking Lady-
With a view to matrimony â€" a gentleman of respectability recommends himself and fortune to any good or ugly looking lady; of good breed, highly respectable, with ... more 
Any Good- or Ugly-Looking Lady-
With a view to matrimony â€" a gentleman of respectability recommends himself and fortune to any good or ugly looking lady; of good breed, highly respectable, with means, and fit to become willingly a mother and keep up the name of an ancient family; enobled by ancestral renown. Ladies of a certain rank and age need not apply, as heirship is the object of the fair sex's worshipper. Favor your candidate with grateful smiles and pangs of pleasure await your step. less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 4:53 PM EDT
It's not often a history dissertation warrants consideration outside a university, but Pam Epstein, a PhD candidate at Rutgers University, has turned hers into a blog worth blogging about. She's using old personal ads to explore love and marriage in mid-19th- to early-20th-century America, and has d