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This ‘129 Ways to Get a Husband’ Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed
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This ‘129 Ways to Get a Husband’ Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

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How would you respond if someone asked you to describe the 1950s? Maybe you’d mention the Cold War between The United States and the Soviet Union? Elvis becoming more and more popular? The first satellites going into orbit? You could do that. Or you could explain how magazines advised women on how to get married. Recently, Kim Marx-Kuczynski from Madison, Wisconsin shared a 1958 McCall’s article, entitled “129 Ways to Get a Husband,” showing just how much times have changed.

“In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are still waiting for a marriage proposal,” the text begins. “Presumably the vast majority of them would like to be.” The publisher asked 16 people to brainstorm some dating tips lonely women could use to get men to pay attention to them, and they delivered. From ordering rare steaks and no gossiping to crying in a corner of the room and getting a hunting license, some of these life hacks sound like common sense, and some seem to be… questionable. In their authors’ defense, the magazine did ask them to throw away their judgments when writing down their thoughts.

“My boyfriend John Bascynski spotted it at a rummage sale and pointed it out. I bought it for a dollar,” Kim told Bored Panda. “I think the article is reflective of the social mores and 50s style in general, and I found the comparison between what was acceptable then and what is acceptable now fascinating. It also made me grateful that so much progress has been made.

Kim also believes that everyone who’s currently thinking about a long-term relationship should stay away from this kind of stuff, too. “I think if someone is actively looking for a life-long partner just for the sake of being married, they will end up in a failed relationship whether they legally sever it or not,” she said. “I’d like to read about someone’s attempts at trying out everything on the list though. They would either end up with a degree from Yale, in federal prison for stowing away on a military vessel, or in an intervention meeting with friends who’ve been very concerned with their recent dating profile choices.”

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“It’s outdated and absurd and funny, but it had serious intentions,” Kim concluded. “Society has changed so much in the last sixty years, and this article exemplifies the differences between what our moms and grandmas grew up with compared to ourselves and the coming generations. It’s fascinating.”

Scroll down to read the list and tell us in the comments if you think they’re terribly outdated or kinda useful when anticipating for that first date!

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This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

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This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

This '129 Ways to Get a Husband' Article From 1958 Shows How Much The World Has Changed

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I'm a visual editor at Bored Panda. I kickstart my day with a mug of coffee bigger than my head, ready to tackle Photoshop. I navigate through the digital jungle with finesse, fueled by bamboo breaks and caffeine kicks. When the workday winds down, you might catch me devouring bamboo snacks while binging on the latest TV show, gaming or I could be out in nature, soaking up the tranquility and communing with my inner panda.

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Lucinda Overhoussen
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the best advice is there "be nice to everyone." There is no reason necessary... Be the reason the world is a better place.

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Alib
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That one caught my eye, too. Switch the genders to suit your needs, and a lot of these become decent advice for women AND men looking to marry. (Just don't ever cry in a corner to get attention, no matter what your gender is!)

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Kjorn
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cosmo do the same thing today! instead it's : 56 way to please your men! 37 dress to make your guy horny for you… 128 sex tips for spiced your sex life. it's no different today. different time only

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Ssss
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're right! Awful that women are portrayed in this way and valued so low. There's so much more to a person and to life than being married or a play thing!

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Don Flynn
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5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ummmm carry a hat box? Cry in a corner 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Get a sunburn? 🔥🔥🔥🔥😂😂👌

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Lucinda Overhoussen
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the best advice is there "be nice to everyone." There is no reason necessary... Be the reason the world is a better place.

mittenkg avatar
Alib
Community Member
5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That one caught my eye, too. Switch the genders to suit your needs, and a lot of these become decent advice for women AND men looking to marry. (Just don't ever cry in a corner to get attention, no matter what your gender is!)

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kjorn avatar
Kjorn
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cosmo do the same thing today! instead it's : 56 way to please your men! 37 dress to make your guy horny for you… 128 sex tips for spiced your sex life. it's no different today. different time only

salina85_b avatar
Ssss
Community Member
5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're right! Awful that women are portrayed in this way and valued so low. There's so much more to a person and to life than being married or a play thing!

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Don Flynn
Community Member
5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ummmm carry a hat box? Cry in a corner 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Get a sunburn? 🔥🔥🔥🔥😂😂👌

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