I adore this personal ad from The Moving Picture World, Vol. 3, July-December 1908:
Traveling Companion Wanted.
A gentleman of some means, who is fond of travel, desires to meet a young or middle-aged man of like circumstances and of sterling character and not addicted to liquors. Man who has knowledge of moving picture machine operating preferred. Must have at least $500 to purchase one-half share of outfit and films.
Object: to travel through Canada to Vancouver, thence to Australia and New Zealand. Moving pictures and lantern shows to be given en route, not as a money-making venture but to defray traveling expenses.
Address Traveler, care of Moving Picture World.
I wonder if he ever found someone. And if it turned out to be the best (and maybe even most romantic) adventure of his life.