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'Situation wanted': Arizona newspaper ads were the dating apps of the early 1900s

It's officially February, which means it’s time to take a few minutes to talk about dating.

These days, a lot of people begin the dating ritual by swiping left or right. But long before the internet age, things weren’t so different. Single folks searched the local paper for a hookup — or a husband.

Just in time for Valentine's season, Arizona newspaper librarian Sativa Peterson dug into the earliest personal ads she could find in those papers. And she found a Valentine’s gold mine.

The Show spoke with Peterson to learn about these so-called matrimonial ads from days past and to find out what’s changed, and what hasn’t.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.