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If a match resulted, it is unlikely that you boasted the fact to your friends, Cocks said."You probably wouldn't talk about it if you were very respectable," he said.Matrimonial agencies were big business there by the early 18th century, printing ads on behalf of men who paid the agency to recruit them a good wife.Being single passed the age of 21 was considered almost shameful in that era, and the ads were often a last resort for the men who advertised and the women who read them.Almost everyone these days can name a couple they know that met on the Internet, though it wasn't so long ago that skimming the online personals for love was considered strange, even a bit desperate.
The difference between the personal ads of the previous centuries and today's is the age of those using Internet dating sites, according to statistics.
Popular model Kristyna Martelli who is known for her extremely outrageous figure died while undergoing a plastic surgery procedure.
The stunning lady, who grew up in Quebec, reportedly had more than 100 plastic surgeries on her body since the age of 17.
The personals sections of those 18th century newspapers were also useful for gay men and women to meet lovers, back when homosexuality was still illegal (it remained so in the UK until 1967).
Personal ads went mainstream in the early 20th century, with expectations at a much lower level than their earlier incarnations.