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 dug up some real gems — both the ads and the men. What I love is that instead having categories like "missed connections" or "casual encounters," they have "matrimony." Finding a mate was never so easy! Until, that is, you read their "desires."
Love For Sale: Personal Ads From the 19th Century