See Classic ’80s and ’90s Personals Ads From New York Magazine

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Photo: Michael Ochs Archives

Before Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, and OkCupid, mortals had to navigate the maddening nuances of everyday social rituals to find romance. Just kidding — they had New York Magazine, which in the golden age of print was famous for its “Strictly Personals” section. There’s some comfort in knowing that even before Tinder was allegedly ruining dating, Richard Gere look-alikes and Bulgarian princesses were turning to outside help in their great search for love. Below, we’ve combed through the New York Magazine archive room, poring over issues from 1983 to 2001, to bring you 33 highlights from the personals.