I have one more for you, from the newspaper that reported my grandfather's death in November 1960.
WANTED: Strong, fit farmhand and milker, no older than 28, for farm with 24 cattle + calves. Generous salary, Sundays and half-days off. Room and board included - marriage is an option.
Some intrepid female farmer had her priorities straight. We laugh... but in 1960s Germany there were not a lot of men around, for historial reasons. This woman probably thought she might as well save a bit of money and combine the hiring process with the dating game.
LOL, I love the specifics she mandates. Twenty-eight. Why 28? She must've been quite young herself for 28 to be the upper limit. Mail-order brides was certainly a thing in the wild west, so I love the flipping of the tables here with practically a mail-order groom.
Hmm, I wonder if anyone answered the ad, and if they were happy...
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I get a lot of ideas from old newspapers. I love trawling through newspaper archives and use snippets from them in my historial fiction. Sometimes, they can spark a whole story. How about this excerpt from a Bavarian newspaper in 1929:
Police have arrested Anna Sterndl (79) over the murder of Ernst Sterndl, her husband of 52 years, this last Wednesday. Sterndl, who owned an outlier farm, was found by neighbours with an axe in his head. Under questioning, Anna Sterndl said that "the day had come when it was enough".
I mean what the hell? What was this woman's life like on that Bavarian outlier farm? And what made her snap?
And I love ads. Here's one from the East London Advertiser, 1898:
"Parrot for sale. Speaks fluently, tells anecdotes. Enquire at 37 Gower Street. Ask for Mr Stratton, NOT Mrs."
Did that guy sell his wife's annoying parrot on the sly? What secrets and anecdotes did the parrot know? My God, why can't I interview that man?
Those are two great prompts! Near bottomless source given how many newspapers have been printed.,