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Has anybody here ever posted an ad to newspaper personals or answered one? I answered an ad and we stayed together for, um, 13 years. Anyway, the ads were a lot better than these online profiles.
You had to pay for the words so you chose them carefully.
Well, today I found out some pretty bummer news: turns out my soulmate's probably been dead for over a century.
(Win some, lose some.) At least, that's what I have to figure after reading this dating profile ad from 1865, in which my Reconstruction Era bae basically made me fall in love with him across the time-space-churned butter continuum (we'll get back to that butter part, because he has words about it and I have ).
Less-Than-Fun fact: homosexuality was outlawed and punishable by death in the UK by wife-murderer Henry VIII and continued to be illegal until 1967. A., anyone accused of being a "sodomite" doing "buggery" was also legally sentenced to death as of 1776.) Coded words, female names and other signals in personals were channels to privately expressing vulnerability and find companionship that society forbade.