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Shortly before the release of the first issue, Appleberg placed two “dummy ads” in the to get a sense of who her customers were likely to be.
The text of each was similar, though one claimed to be from a woman in her 20s, the other in her 40s.
” Her dating life from that period found its way into the paper.
A bad boyfriend, who gave her a Dandie Dinmont terrier as a Christmas present, is immortalized in print.
One man searched for a “mature Twiggy-type woman who is also unpretentious,” while another wanted an “Angie Dickinson type.” Women were usually less specific: someone “warm, self-confident, with it,” though taller men were preferred.
(Correspondingly, the men seem to have fudged a little—many listed their height as at least one inch above the average.).
Looking for love can be time-consuming and frustrating.
Her bosses “didn’t care anything about editorial content, it was all about the ads and the money they were going to make from them.” Indeed, if they’d been able to run the paper without any articles at all, she’s certain they would have.Instead, the paper offered dating advice that is a relic of a time before the internet, when people were advised, to maximize the potential for romance on a Staten Island ferry ride, to “Check a daily paper to find out what time the sun will set on the day you want to go—that’s the most exquisite time for boating with a date.” Another article proposes “[getting] yourself a small fondue set, if you don’t already have one,” leaning heavily into the spirit of the decade.Throughout those years, and for most of her life, Appleberg has been a prolific dater.“If your lover wants to buy you a pet, opt for a bathrobe instead—it will hardly become a bone of contention if and when your relationship winds down and out.” The man didn’t stick, but the dog, Elizabeth, did.She’s now on Nick, her fourth companion of the breed, who caterwauls with joy as he hears her climbing the stairs.