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Mail-Order Brides

  • Francis T. McAndrewEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_137-1



Mail-order brides are women who are explicitly seeking marriage and advertise themselves with agencies that publicize their availability.


The term “mail-order bride” originated on the American frontier in the nineteenth century. At that time, the number of men on the frontier far outnumbered the number of available women, and lonely farmers and ranchers would seek wives from “Back East” by placing ads in newspapers and magazines. Interested women would write back and send photographs, and the couple did not usually meet in person until the woman showed up for her wedding.

The Modern Mail-Order Bride Industry

Twenty-first-century mail-order brides advertise themselves through international marriage agencies. These agencies have names such as AnastasiaDate.com, Loveme.com, RussianBrides.com, and GlobalLadies.com. What distinguishes mail-order brides from other mate-seeking women is that they are...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Knox CollegeGalesburgUSA