By Lynn Coleman
Below is a series of five images that represent the column from an 1875 New York newspaper. Most are of a help wanted nature but not all. These tidbits give us a look into the historical lives of women who lived in New York City in 1875.
I love searching through old newspapers to get a feel for what life was like but also to inspire me with possible situations or backgrounds for my historical characters. Can you image being the German Girl listed below placing an ad to find a job in the city or country. What brought her to America? Why is she on her own and looking for a place to live? Did something happen to her family? Did she happen upon hard times once she arrived or did she escape her own country for the hope of a better life? These are just a few of the questions that come to mind when I see an advertisement like that. What comes to your mind from these ads? Take the time to browse through these and leave a comment about where these tidbits lead you.
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Lynn A. Coleman is an award winning & best-selling author who makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, with her husband of 39 years. Check out her 19th Century Historical Tidbits Blog if you like exploring different tidbits of history.