New Yorkers Have Been Doing That ‘Missed Connections’ Thing Since the 1870s


By way of Ephemeral New York comes these wonderful vintage missed connections from a city guidebook called Lights and Shadows of New York Life, which was published in 1872. Yep, way back in 1872, New Yorkers were catching each others’ eyes on streetcars or across the avenues, and forming that mysterious, inexplicable emotion we call desire. It’s not as if that started with the Internet, right? Anyway, these are so great.

The more we change, the more we are the same. More specifically, were you reading Fitzgerald on a crowded L-train recently?

The 1870s version of Missed Connections ads [Ephemeral NY via EV Grieve]