Woman’s newspaper dating ad from 1888 lists strict criteria for perfect husband

Dating has changed a lot over the years.

Nowadays you'll find most singletons meet their partners through friends or even dating apps.

But back in the day – and we're talking 1880s – things were slightly different when it came to finding the one.

An eye-opening advert dating back to 1888 has just gone viral after it resurfaced the internet.

The singleton, from Texas, US, placed an ad in her local paper looking for a prospective husband.

She cut straight to the chase with her strict criteria as she wanted a fella who earned a good salary and didn't chew tobacco.

The woman wanted a man who wasn't a big drinker and could support her.

In the advert, it said: "Wanted – a husband – must not chew tobacco, drink whisky or swear.

"Must be in business and willing to take care of a girl who doesn't like to work."

The advert also included where the woman was from and her address in Texas.

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It has since resurfaced the internet after all those centuries after being shared on Reddit.

The user captioned the post: "A newspaper want ad from 1888 in East Texas."

It attracted numerous comments from users who claimed the woman sounded like someone after their own heart.

One added: "To be fair, chewing tobacco is foul," another joked: "I mean I could have written that myself."

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A third commented: "This is 1888, what is the problem? She's not asking for much."

Another did a quick Google search and pointed out: "Dodd City, Texas, currently has a popular of 392. Pickings are still slim."

And a fifth wrote: "I don't think you realise the limitations on women in those days.

"They weren't allowed to keep wages, couldn't vote, own property or enter into contracts. Marriage was the only option for many."

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