PALESTRINA TO PETUNIAS! Unique, extensive, comprehensive reference files. Creative writer for radio advertising, travel or concert bureau. MY FILES AND I ARE YOURS. Box 104-B.
from 10 Brit. J. Delinq. 277 (1959-1960)
PUBLICITY REPORTER, 12 years’ experience NYC dailies with fund-raising experience, too. Handled national public relations and fund raising projects. Needs job first, talk pay later. Age, 37, personable, can travel. Would consider library job or editorial research. Box 27-K.
PSYCHOLOGIST, valuing the subtle, the simple, but especially the sensitive, invites feminine correspondence. Box 146-B.
MUSIC-LOVING, semi-introverted, liberal-minded, young male would correspond with female of similar temperament. Box 143-B.
"You know those things people used to write in to the Saturday Review personal column?” he asked me. “Remember, they stopped it, but before they did, how these freaky people used to advertise to find each other? Like the word ‘gay’ was the code that the guy was a queen—‘Cultivated ex-officer seeks gentleman to share a charming, gay apartment.’ That kind of stuff. And if the ad said the guy was a metallurgist, it meant he liked to do numbers with chains. And those people who offered to exchange childhood recollections—they were hot to be spanked? I just went to one of their parties the other night. A real Saturday Review of Literature party.”
from Breaking Up, by W. H. Manville
GENERAL FACTOTUM, personable, college man, 34, desires unusual position as secretary, companion, house manager, city, country. Your man-Friday is available. Box 155-B.
Brenda Ueland inspired generations of would-be writers with her classic book, If You Want to Write. She was a classic independent spirit who married three times and had numerous lovers, including the Arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen.You can find short biographical sketches on Wikipedia and the Minnesota Historical Society (which notes that “Access to Fridtjof Nansen’s letters is limited to persons age 18 and older”).