The headline reads "Chance for a Spinster" and though "spinster" is mostly used as insult now, at the time he was just trying to call out all the single ladies. It's honestly an incredibly relatable problem, even in 2017.Damn, an 18-year old with good teeth and 10 acres of seeded land? And the poor chap didn't have Tinder to see what hoop-skirt loving ladies were living in his area.
Even the most seasoned family historian will run into this headscratcher from time to time as Victorian fashions throughout the time period can look very similar to the untrained eye. Every fashionable gentleman could be seen wearing narrowly tailored sack suits during the 1870s.
Later in the decade, cravats were wider and fabric was held in place by frames. Tight trousers and waistcoats, high upstanding collars with neckties tied around them. During this time, men’s frock coats had wider lapels and waistcoats were adorned with metal buttons and patterns. Collars were then worn down with long, knotted ties during the latter part of the decade.
What to look for: Low, tight-cinched waists, rounded chest and flared frock-coats giving the illusion of an hourglass figure. The sack coat — a loosely fitted jacket — was also introduced.
One etiquette book noted that 'courting ought never to be done except with a view to marriage.' This meant a gentleman had to walk a fine line.
He could not pay exclusive attention to any particular woman unless he was serious and wanted to pursue marriage.1.