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129 Ways to Get a Husband - 1958 edition

Susan L

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#3
I am glad it is not the ‘50s anymore and I am not single! But I do notice it is quite easy to meet single men at a golf course. Many of my golf buddies are very eligible bachelors (of all ages) who love golf and would love to find a mate who golfs too!
 

Christy

Angel Diva
#4
Some of those have to have been a joke even at the time, right? Stow away on a battleship? Make a lot of money? (Well heck, what would you need a 1950s husband for then?). And presumably a woman who would take off biking in Europe or who could get a government job overseas is probably busy living her own very interesting life .

Re #7...I had a friend that used to golf on city courses and she would take the bus with her golf clubs. She was hit on CONSTANTLY.
 

RachelV

Administrator
Staff member
#8
I am regularly grateful that I wasn't born any sooner that I was. It's crazy how much things have improved over the past ~50 years. And they're still mediocre!

My grandma was kind of the ideal of a 1950's housewife / stay-at-home mom, and I sometimes wonder if she would be proud or embarrassed if I could tell her that DH and I both work, but I make more money, and he cooks all the meals. Maybe I'd win back some points for doing all the cleaning. ;)
 

Jenny

Angel Diva
#11
I am regularly grateful that I wasn't born any sooner that I was. It's crazy how much things have improved over the past ~50 years. And they're still mediocre!
Things like this really bring it home, don’t they? And then it makes me think about other things that seem so far away, but really aren’t. I mean, I’ve met more than one person who was in the resistance in WWII. My grandparents were born before the Roaring 20s and the Depression. And it’s really then only a short hop back to the Civil War.
 

RachelV

Administrator
Staff member
#12
Things like this really bring it home, don’t they? And then it makes me think about other things that seem so far away, but really aren’t. I mean, I’ve met more than one person who was in the resistance in WWII. My grandparents were born before the Roaring 20s and the Depression. And it’s really then only a short hop back to the Civil War.
Yes! One of my favorite blogs calls this "The Great Span" and has a bunch of really cool posts about it. For example:

There was a woman who was the daughter of a Civil War vet who was still collecting his pension as of 2014: https://kottke.org/16/03/daughter-of-civil-war-vet-still-getting-a-pension

As of 2012, John Tyler (10th president!!!) had living grandchildren: https://kottke.org/12/01/president-john-tylers-grandsons-are-still-alive

Here are all the Great Span posts: https://kottke.org/tag/The Great Span
 
#13
I am regularly grateful that I wasn't born any sooner that I was. It's crazy how much things have improved over the past ~50 years.
Me too. An older neighbor once told me that if women in the 1950s weren't already married by the end of college, they married their college boyfriend whether they really wanted to or not. We're marriage age, this is our last chance to get married, you're it! I know not all women would have conformed to this but apparently it was common. No wonder why, when divorce became easier and more accepted in the 1970s, there were so many divorces then.
 

DeeSki

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#14
“Take a bicycle trip through Europe.” Were women on bikes such a novelty in the 1950s? Couldn’t recommend this as a strategy now!
 

Jenny

Angel Diva
#15
Yes! One of my favorite blogs calls this "The Great Span" and has a bunch of really cool posts about it. For example:

There was a woman who was the daughter of a Civil War vet who was still collecting his pension as of 2014: https://kottke.org/16/03/daughter-of-civil-war-vet-still-getting-a-pension

As of 2012, John Tyler (10th president!!!) had living grandchildren: https://kottke.org/12/01/president-john-tylers-grandsons-are-still-alive

Here are all the Great Span posts: https://kottke.org/tag/The Great Span
Ooh, sounds interesting, thanks for the links.
 

mustski

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#17
I think this is a tongue in cheek article and not intended to represent reality in the 1950’s. I wrote an article years ago, as a class assignment. I based it on the song 50 ways to leave your lover. I called it How to lose your lover and it was advice on how to get him to break up with you. This sounds like that to me. Satire.
 

NYC2VT

Certified Ski Diva
#18
9. Have your father buy some theater tickets that have to be got rid of.

but then

13. Buy a convertible. Men like to ride in them.

????????? my lord.
 

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