Time once again for The Online Genealogist to dip into his bag of garba- er, TRICKS and bring you the “best” and “funniest” items you will ever “see”! Gotta love the quotes; no disclaimer required!
For you newbie readers of this garba- er, BLOG, that would be any family history-related tidbit found in print, such as newspapers and city directories. But mostly, newspapers and city directories. Most anything that fits into the “Ya just can’t make this up and if you did; why would you want to?” category.
And newspaper marriage combos are my favorites! I could be so lucky to find most humorous pairings like STRAW-HOUSE, MOORE-RONN or KNOTT-PFUNNIE; so instead, you get this garba- STUFF! From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle…
Two Churches married by a Rev. Bell… in a church!
Not living up to his name…
…and an oxymoronic exit from this earth…
Ah, yes – a Lively death.
On the flip side, here’s a boring couple for ya…
They’re a hit a parties! Zzzzzzz.
Besides the splotchy print, what is wrong with this marriage announcement?
Score 50 points if you answered “Wait a minute!… Who’s gettin’ married here??”
Fortunately, it was corrected the next day.
…after a lengthy tongue-lashing from the furious bride, I’m sure!
Well, well, well…
Many confusing introductions at THAT reception. Ya think??
Is this a marriage or chess commentary?!?
Of course, BISHOP-KNIGHT would’ve been funnier. Though maybe not for Miss Owatta Knight.
This is probably more common than you’d think…
…marrying the girl that sat behind you in school!
What’s worse than two families flipping out, worrying about the upcoming marriage?
…having to go through that hell, times two!!
Jeez, the McFarlands and Ashfields took up so much room that last newlyweds Arnold and Amaret were left with SQUAT!
Not looking for Lois and Clark; but super, man.
From the 1915 (!) Lebanon, NH city directory, it’s not Sam Carpenter, house-builder, but…
Staying in Lebanon, but this coming from the Granite State Free Press.
We can only hope!
Here’s another “Fire the ad agency!!”-worthy ad in the Norwich Bulletin…
See comment below barber Pat… above.
It’s May 18, 1861 and this Bangor Daily Whig ad says Uncle Sam is NOT looking for soldiers to sign up for the barely-started Civil War.
“You’ll never see combat! Only fifes and/or drums!!” Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiight.
And the typesetter is getting a little tipsy at the Omaha Daily Bee…
Oh, today’s e-editors have NO idea.
Should you be worried if your newspaper editor may also be QUACKING? From the Bradford page in an 1858 Vermont atlas…
Voodoo doctor? Super, Mann!
Even so, sounds better than his colleague Dr. Farr; a mechanical dentist. I can hear the machinery nearing a patient’s mouth now. Oh, the screams.
And the July 19, 1856 issue of the Boston Transcript shows that it was NOT a good day to be a George Russell in New England.
And so ends this Ancestry.com-free blog posting!!!