Lost and Found advertisements can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome when it was common to advertise about lost things in papyrus scrolls. One of the oldest lost and found ads was from Ancient Egypt in which a person advertised with reward about a runaway slave. We humans have civilized ourselves since then and thus, modern newspapers consist of advertisements about lost articles especially documents of high importance to any individual.
Lost and Found newspaper ads changed with time period as well as community to which the newspaper circulated. These advertisements were published since the dawn of newspaper publication and mostly consisted of subjects like lost dogs and runaway apprentices. Pet and livestock lost was a very common kind of advertisement in late 18th Century and early 19th Century newspapers. Lost and Found columns were full of advertisements like lost dog, cat, cow, birds, horses, pigs, etc. The Lost and Found column as we know it today was known as “Lost, Found, Strayed” or “Lost, Stolen” back at that time.
With the progress of the 19th Century, horses became the main mode of transportation in urban places and advertisements about missing horses became common in newspapers of Britain and the U.S. Loss of eye-glasses, pocketbooks, watches, keys and purses were noticeable ads in newspapers of that period.
Usually, Lost and Found advertisements in newspapers were posted by individuals but with the arrival of railways as mode of public transport, advertisements began to appear in newspapers from the railways about commuters losing belongings while travelling. The list included curious articles like umbrellas, raincoats, cloth hangers, jug, baskets and even saucepans.
Found advertisements also occupied much space in newspapers of those periods. People advertised for found articles and asked the owner to collect the same with relevant proof along with paying the charges of advertising.
Missing person advertisements were often accompanied with a reward along with a picture of the missing and a brief description. These ads were given by individuals as well as law enforcement authorities. Such missing people were most of the time run away youngsters, aged or mentally deranged people. Missing person ads from police authorities were often about criminals who fled or from business establishments where a certain employee is missing after doing some fraud.
The subject of present generation Lost and Found ads in newspapers by individuals are almost always of documents lost, person lost or sometimes pet lost. Found ads are not seen at all in current generation newspapers classified columns. In case of documents lost advertisements, although a contact number is provided at the end of the text but the advertiser does not expect any recovery of the document. Instead, such ads are more of a formality to inform the general public of the loss and to apply for a duplicate for the issuing authorities. Such ads are almost always about passport loss, mark sheet or certificate lost, sale documents lost, share certificate lost, etc. To publish such an advertisement, it should be accompanied with proof of loss that is a police FIR copy of GD Entry.
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