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to be agog at these personal ads from 1896?

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SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:29:35

From the The Morning Post. I'm dying to know what happens next!

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:29:53

If broken write me. My lost love, how could you!

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:30:37

RIKKI TIKKI.—Am going to town in a few days to consult nerve specialist.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:31:39

TO A.—Not coming home after all; my S. will explain; hope you enjoyed your visit to sunny skies; am very well; fondest love from A.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:33:31

WILL the Lady who TOOK AWAY an Ivory Silk SHETLAND SHAWL with fringe, by Mistake, at the Drawing Room on the 23rd, kindly RETURN IT to the Lord Chamberlain's Office, as the owner much prizes it on account of the giver?

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 00:36:09

WILL the Gentleman who, on the 2nd inst., SAW a Lady into 3rd Class Carriage of the 9.15 p.m. train leaving Paddington for Reading, Didcot, Oxford and Swindon, when an Elderly Woman who was in the Carriage suddenly got out, and the Gentleman remarked that she was frightened, please COMMUNICATE with C.I. Department, New Scotland-yard.

EverySongbirdSays Thu 21-Apr-16 00:41:09

Amazing - second one sounds like MI5

I want the love story behind the shawl and i want to know if someone got murdered on the train to Oxford how VERY Agatha Christie

NeedsAsockamnesty Thu 21-Apr-16 00:57:19

It's all code, it's a polite way of saying "my servants have the day off pop round for a quickie on the stairs"

LeftyLucy Thu 21-Apr-16 01:14:50

These are fabulous. How did you happen to be reading them, OP? Real old newspaper you found in the attic or a digitised version? I am curious.

MiscellaneousAssortment Thu 21-Apr-16 04:25:56

I love them smile

Why won't A just ruddy say why he/she is 'not coming home'? Coward, leaving it all up to S.

MassiveStrumpet Thu 21-Apr-16 04:32:34


And that shawl wasn't taken by mistake.

MattDillonsPants Thu 21-Apr-16 06:02:49

Agreed! The shawl napper was probably posh enough to be in such a drawing room but reduced circumstances meant she couldn't resist an opportunity!

Sad for the lost love one.

BikeRunSki Thu 21-Apr-16 06:13:17

Communicating via small ads is the basis for the film "Desperately Seeking Susan" - mid 80s - but seems very Victorian in comparison with the communication technology that exploded 10-15 years later.

Clandestino Thu 21-Apr-16 06:54:31

I love reading 19th century crime stories and they would use these ads to send secret messages. So did the spies, apparently. Unfortunately for us, we can only guess what was the story behind them and guess. Fortunately for us, we can use them to make-up interesting stories smile

LindyHemming Thu 21-Apr-16 06:56:05

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Clandestino Thu 21-Apr-16 07:08:19

RIKKI TIKKI.—Am going to town in a few days to consult nerve specialist

Mrs. Willard was in her late twenties, a wife of a very rich merchant from South of England. Her husband is twenty years her senior and married her for her links to aristocracy and looks. They have two children, a heir and a spare. Mrs. Willard suffers from ill health and her husband loves indulging her by sending her to Bath for few months a year to recuperate. She met Peter Cunningham, a young barrister, during her last visit. Peter has little money but he is passionate and loving. They know they can't be together. Peter works in London so Mrs. Willard started "suffering" from hysteria to be able to go to London on a regular basis. They use the RIKKI TIKKI code to exchange secret messages.
They will keep on having the affair till Peter meets a girl from a good family he proposes to. Mrs. Willard stops suffering from hysteria and her cough and chest problems return so it's back to Bath.

PestilentialCat Thu 21-Apr-16 07:15:24

Bike - Desperately Seeking Susan was the first thing I thought of smile

cdtaylornats Thu 21-Apr-16 07:25:39

They could do a sequel, "Desperate - Found Susan"

MrsJayy Thu 21-Apr-16 08:16:09

That shawl so wasnt taken by mistake grin lots on words used in the 1800s

catewood21 Thu 21-Apr-16 08:19:57

How is thus aibu?

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 21-Apr-16 08:30:58

Ooh, nice one, Clandestino!

I've always wondered why the people in novels were so confident their vital message would actually be read by the right person.

It was raining hard that April morning, and there was a queue at the newsagent. Arthur Tiddlethorpe felt in his pocket for his baccy pouch, and decided it contained just enough to see him through till the morrow. He was already late for court, where he would be standing against the bright young barrister Peter Cunningham, and he hurried on, head down against the wretched, cold, driving rain, without either baccy or his usual paper. Such a shock to be back in London after the relentless sunshine of the Transvaal gold fields.

Six months later, he was sitting glumly in his chambers, contemplating giving them up but unable to do so without agreement from his roommate and best friend since childhood, Alex Bogle, whom he'd last seen over a farewell pint in Southampton before Arthur boarded the SS "Balmoral Castle". He'd never heard from Alex again.

Allbymyselfagain Thu 21-Apr-16 08:32:05

Problem cate should we put lighthearted in everything?

Love them OP, I wonder what the last one was about!

MrsJayy Thu 21-Apr-16 08:37:24

Last 1 is appealing for a witness for a scared old lady who got off the train

Clandestino Thu 21-Apr-16 08:48:07

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman, beautiful smile

Melbournemel Thu 21-Apr-16 08:59:58

I love these!

Isn't there some form of 'Chance Encounters' still running? Romantic back in the day but seems open to abuse from all of the weirdos and stalkers nowadays grin

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