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Old School: Date Like it’s 1865

It’s a story as old as time.  Man wants to meet woman, so he takes an ad out in the paper.  Taking out an ad in the paper might seem a little old school, but in 1865 it was new school.


A researcher for the University of Oxford, Max Roser, found and shared a dating ad published in a newspaper in 1865.  Why he ended up looking in a newspaper that is 152 years old is beyond me, but this ad did make it all worth it.


The full ad reads:

CHANCE FOR A SPINSTER — A young man in Aroostook County, Maine, advertising for a wife speaks of himself as follows: ‘I am eighteen years old, have a good set of teeth, and believe in Andy Johnson, the Star Spangled Banner, and the 4th of July. I have taken up a State lot, cleared up eighteen acres last year, and seeded ten of it down. My buckwheat looks first-rate, and the oats and potatoes are bully. I have got nine sheep, a two-year-old bull, and two heifers besides a house and a barn. I want to get married. I want to buy bread-and-butter, hoop-skirts, and waterfalls for some person of the female persuasion during life. That’s what’s the matter with me. But I don’t know how to do it.


I can’t even with the ad, but that’s how you spit game in 1865.  I mean the guy does have nine sheep so I am positive the ladies were lining up.  Also, have you ever made out to the Star Spangled Banner?  It might just be the most romantic song ever written, and you couple that with first-rate buckwheat and you have yourself an irresistible stud. This guy was practically the Bruce Wayne of 1865.


Long story short, guys if you want to impress the ladies think about taking out an ad in Buffalo News.  It worked back then as the newest form of sexual communication, and would be appreciated today as some old school charm.  Charm can go a long way when trying to net a ‘spinster’.



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