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Before the rise of Tinder, OkCupid, Bumble and all the rest of them, people were still trying to sell themselves in order to score a date. The only difference is that, more than 100 years ago, they didn’t have the internet to help them do it.
Yup. Back in the day, things were a little different. Just check out this vintage personal ad from a newspaper that was printed all the way back in 1865. The image was posted last year by Oxford University researcher Max Roser on Twitter, and it’s pretty amazing to see what constituted a good catch in the 19th century:
Looking for a wife in 1865 pic.twitter.com/5YWWag7isA
— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) June 19, 2017
The article goes on to state the following:
If you were looking for a patriotic man with a full set of choppers in 1865, it sounds like this guy may have been your match. Although a “good set of teeth” might not necessarily sound like something to boast about, dentures made from dead people’s real teeth were not uncommon back then, so his pearly whites may have been quite the selling point.
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