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Vintage missed connections

I’ve previously mentioned the enjoyment I get from Craigslist’s Missed Connections, the forever alone (meme definition here) corner of the Internet. It seems that New Yorkers’ desire to seek out the stranger who caught their eye is timeless, as evidenced by these missed connections submitted and published back in an 1872 when our existence was a mere glimmer in the eyes of our great, great grandparents (yup, I just put that image in your heads). These were re-published in a city guidebook, a Not For Tourist predecessor if you will, called Lights and Shadows of New York Life. Next time I’m at a bar and I see a cute girl, I’ll take a cue from the gents of yesteryear and try to woo her 19th-century style by asking her if she “wishes to form my acquaintance.”