The Heiress A Chambermaid: Adventures of Two Lovesick Men in a Hunt for $85,000 Through a Matrimonial Agency

The Heiress A Chambermaid: Adventures of Two Lovesick Men in a Hunt for $85,000 Through a Matrimonial Agency

Mail-Order Bride Scam reported in The New York Times of New York, New York on January 21, 1900. Part 1 of 4.

Mail-Order Bride Scam reported in The New York Times of New York, New York on January 21, 1900. Part 2 of 4.

Mail-Order Bride Scam reported in The New York Times of New York, New York on January 21, 1900. Part 3 of 4.

Mail-Order Bride Scam reported in The New York Times of New York, New York on January 21, 1900. Part 4 of 4.

I wrote a 12-part series of articles about the fraud, truth, and scams surrounding Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Brides–perpetrated by individuals, businesses (such as matrimonial agencies), and the most “trustworthy of citizens”. Sometimes a joke. Sometimes a money-making scam. Lots of public mindset about fools and their money (who seek brides through the mail)…and the link to this 12-part series connects you to the first post. Links to the rest of the series are included at the bottom of that first post (as well as the whole series).

Of my 9 Mail-Order Bride Romances, Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship is the only one where the arrangements were a scam…and the bride and groom were affected by the fraud (they found each other anyway). One out of nine? Wholly ridiculous odds, according to true-to-history Victorian American newspapers. Perhaps it’s time to write another mail-order bride story–and include a fraudulent advertisement.

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