Have you ever used a dating app or website? Then you have more in common than you know with lonely homesteaders in eighteenth-century New England. At once heartwarming and heartbreaking, Matrimony, Inc. reveals the unifying thread that weaves its way through not just marriage and relationships over the centuries, but American social history itself: advertising for love.
Amazingly, America's first personal ad appeared in the Boston Evening Post as early as 1759. A «person who flatters himself that he shall not be thought disagreeable» was in search of a «young lady, between the age of eighteen and twenty-three, of a middling stature, brown hair, of good Morals…» As family-arranged marriages fell out of fashion, Husband Wanted or Seeking Wife ads were soon to be found in every state in the nation.
From the woman in a Wisconsin newspaper who wanted «no brainless dandy or foppish fool» to the man with a glass eye who placed an ad in the New York Times hoping to meet a woman with a glass eye, the many hundreds of personal ads that author Francesca Beauman has uncovered offer an extraordinary glimpse into the history of our hearts' desires, as well as a unique insight into American life as the frontier was settled and the cities grew. Personal ads played a surprisingly vital role in the West: couple by couple, shy smile by shy smile, letter by letter from a dusty, exhausted miner in California to a bored, frustrated seamstress in Ohio. Get ready for a new perspective on the making of modern America, a hundred words of typesetter's blurry black ink at a time.
Matrimony, Inc. - From Personal Ads to Swiping Right, a Story of America Looking for Love (Unabridged) by Francesca Beauman — download audio book in mp3 or listen online for free.