Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mail Order Brides

Mail Order Brides were once very popular in the West. For men who lived alone, days away from a town that might have only one or two single women in residence, it was perhaps the only option to finding a wife. For a small fee, they could post an advertisement in Eastern newspapers that would list their requirements and offer passage to those who responded.

For the mail order brides, answering these ads could be a result of desperation or a claim of adventure. They would strike out alone, traveling to wed a man they had never met and never seen. And once they were there, there was no turning back because most did not have the money to leave.

While this sounds like a modern woman's nightmare, to marry a man out of necessity, there were those who lived happily with their new husbands. I guess, in a way, it is like eHarmony or some other dating cites today, you never know what you are going to get.