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And we thought 21st-century dating was hard. A 19th-century newspaper dating ad shows us that finding love has always been tough.

A researcher at the University of Oxford, Max Roser, recently posted an old newspaper clipping from 1865 which was, essentially, the 19th-century version of a Tinder profile.

The ad is titled “chance for a spinster” (strong opening, dude) and was placed in the paper by an 18-year-old man from Maine.

The guy’s legal, patriotic AF, with buckwheat on fleek and good dental hygiene? OK, we’re listening.

It appears our young hero was having trouble attracting a wife, despite his well-seeded land and ability to purchase waterfalls, whatever that means.

Twitter users were empathetic to his struggle.


The ad even inspired one ~available~ man to update his Tinder profile.

Yep, dating’s rough no matter what century you’re in. We hope the lad found the person of the female persuasion of his dreams.