Before The Internet There Was Mail Order

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One day my kids will ask me what the world was like in The Olden Days, before the internet. They may struggle to understand that telephones were necessarily attached to the wall, that research was done in libraries and that if you wanted to make friends with someone in another country, you had to write a letter.

I look forward to showing them this old hand-printed magazine, which shows the trouble that people went to, seeking connections across the world.

Olden Days Before Internet Vintage Mail Order Magazine Pre Blog

Some of the ads seem very dubious:

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And I am dying to know if classifieds like these were successful, or even genuine? The expectations are high.

Olden Days Before Internet Vintage Mail Order Magazine Penfriends

And how did people cope before Ebay? The answer is mail order.

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And naturally where there is money to be made, there are people seeking to make money from the desire to make more money.

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You could be rich. Things haven’t changed that much, have they?

Olden Days Before Internet Vintage Mail Order Magazines

It’s comforting to know that even if the internet breaks, an old typewriter, black marker and a few stamps can set you up with riches and international best friends.

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