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Sun Sep 29, 2019, 10:49 PM

129 Ways to Get a Husband in the 50s

https://theheartysoul.com/129-ways-to-get-a-husband-in-the-50s/



Although the 1950s left its mark on today’s culture, much has changed since then. The time period gave us icons like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn who we recognize today, but it was also a time of opposing communism and the Cold War. Meanwhile, came the baby booms, the suburban booms, and the pilot of I Love Lucy.

Old-fashioned movies and shows may give us a hint of the 50s culture, but there is another element that can be explored: magazines. Or to be more precise, a magazine article from 1958 teaching women how to snag a husband.

“In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are not married,” the article begins. “Presumably the vast majority of them would like to be.”

Over the age of seventeen. Yes, a lot has changed since the 50s. However, that does not mean there can’t be nuggets of gold in this list that might help a girl out in 2019.
The article was created by 16 authors who were instructed by the publisher to brainstorm ways lonely women could get the attention of men. The group included a marriage consultant, a song-writer, an airline stewardess, a police commissioner, a banker, a housewife, a bachelor, and a psychologist. They were told to “throw away their judgements” while writing, which might explain their more questionable suggestions.


Some of my favorites (my comments in parentheses):

Stand in a corner and cry softly. Chances are good that he’ll come over to find out what’s wrong.

Get a sunburn. (I really like a woman in pain who will get skin cancer.)

Stand on a busy street corner with a lasso. (that's how you catch him)

Carry a tow chain in the trunk of your automobile. (that's how you keep him)

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Reply 129 Ways to Get a Husband in the 50s (Original post)
IronLionZion Sep 2019 OP
DFW Sep 2019 #1
Wounded Bear Sep 2019 #4
Ron Obvious Sep 2019 #2
Archae Sep 2019 #3
DFW Sep 2019 #6
malthaussen Sep 2019 #5
frogmarch Sep 2019 #7
smirkymonkey Sep 2019 #8
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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:20 AM

1. Makes one wonder how people ever got married before then..... n/t

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Response to DFW (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:08 PM

4. Their parents arranged it for them...

and sadly, that is true in far too many cultures.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:48 AM

2. Over seventeen and not yet married?

There's clearly something wrong them then.

I'm now insulted because I just realised why all these unmarried over-17 year olds were being friendly to me. Bah!

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:14 AM

3. My Mom and Dad got married in 1953...

My Dad gave a ride to two office workers, one of whom he started dating. Yup, my Mom.

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Response to Archae (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 04:35 PM

6. Mine in 1950.

A blind date. AT the end, my dad asked timidly, "is it OK if we DON'T go to a night club?"
My mom HATED night clubs. That did it for her right there.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 01:00 PM

5. "I'm Past My Prime"



Imogene Lynn singing for Leslie Parrish.

-- Mal

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 05:03 PM

7. Hang out at hardware stores.

It worked for me!

JK

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 06:37 PM

8. Well, I'm on it!

Thanks for the handy tips!

Men like to think they’re the authorities on perfume. Ask his advice on what kind you should wear.
Get better-looking glasses – men still make passes at girls who wear glasses – or try contact lenses.
Practice your drinking with your women friends first.
If you dye your hair, pick a shade and stick to it.
Wear high heels most of the time – they’re sexier!
Unless he happens to be shorter than you are!
Tell him he’s handsome.
Take good care of your health. Men don’t like girls who are ill.
If you look good in sweaters, wear one on every third date.
Dress differently from the other girls in the office.
Get a sunburn.
Watch your vocabulary.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 07:16 PM

9. I believe it was Happy Days

or some '70s sitcom that advised looking lost in a grocery's produce section as a way to meet women. So, that dovetails with the get lost at a football game advice. Beats a bar.

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