Meet fuck friend no credit card needed - Dating ads in the newspaper
It has fans from Australia to the US; there are bloggers devoted to it and now an anthology of some of the best ads is planned for later this year.
Newspapers and magazines that take personal advertisements often provide a reply forwarding service; in this case, the text of the advert will include a unique box number and anyone wishing to reply to the advert sends or delivers their reply to the publisher's address in an envelope bearing that number.
The publisher forwards replies in bulk to the advertiser at a given interval, for example each week.
I mean, one could argue that even Voyager 1's Golden Record is kind of a massive, interstellar personal ad (complete with the recorded sound of a kiss! It's as if humanity decided to document all our best features and send them into space with this message: So dating apps are really the latest manifestation of human beings doing what we've always done -- create new tools to communicate and then turn around and use those tools to find love, sex and companionship.
1695: The First Personal Ads According to history professor H. Cocks (seriously --The Best Name Ever for an academic) personal ads began as a way to help British bachelors find eligible wives.
For seven years the LRB personals column has been producing surreal haikus of the heart like this.