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Taboo or not, the practice certainly isn't new.Many of the postings were simply calls for friends or pen pals, becoming especially popular among single servicemen, called "lonely soldiers," during World War I."At that time advertising for pals or for lonely soldiers was fashionable and contemporary — something done by those who were, as they put it in their ads, 'bohemian and unconventional,'" Cocks said.In between, the social acceptance of personals has waxed and waned with the times."Advertising for a husband or wife has always attracted criticism and the people who did it were always thought of as failures in some way.She received her Diploma of College Studies in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Mc Gill University, both in Quebec.
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"In Britain, the personal column was suspected (much like the Internet is now) of harboring all sorts of scams, perversities and dangerous individuals.
At least that is what the police tended to think, and they only stopped prosecuting lonely hearts ads in the late 1960s — until then they often thought that they were mainly placed by prostitutes and gay men," Cocks said.
Personals died away again until the 1960s, when ads became part of the growing counterculture in the UK, along with drug experimentation and the Beatles, the author explains.
Like the latter, though, it took some time for the personal ad to be accepted by the Mom-and-Pop public.
Personal ads have a history going back at least 300 years, according to a new book on the subject entitled "Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column" (Random House Books, 2009).