The 1950s are generally considered a simpler, more idyllic time in our history. With World War II over and the beginning of the Baby Boomers era, many people were eager to settle down into quiet suburban life with their own families. Although there are plenty of timeless traditions from the 50s, there are also a few things that haven’t aged so well.
For example, an unearthed article from a magazine in 1958 titled “129 Ways to Get a Husband” feels cringe-worthy now. BoredPanda found the scanned images on Facebook and shared the not-so-helpful advice. Among the long list of suggestions are old doozies we’ve all heard before: “Be nice to everybody — they may have an eligible brother or son;” “Forget discretion every once in a while and call him up;” “Dropping the handkerchief still works.” However, there were more than a few completely bizarre recommendations included as well. Take a look below to see some of the most ridiculous ideas for “ways to get a husband” from 1958!
Where to Find Him
- Have your car break down at strategic places.
- Read the obituaries to find eligible widowers.
- Get lost at football games.
- Don’t be afraid to associate with more attractive girls; they may have some leftovers.
How to Let Him Know You’re There
- Stumble when you walk into a room that he’s in.
- Wear a Band-Aid. People always ask what happened.
- Stand in a corner and cry softly. Chances are good that he’ll come over to find out what’s wrong.
- “Accidentally” have your purse fly open, scattering its contents all over the street.
How to Look Good to Him
- If you look good in sweaters, wear one on every third date.
- Get a sunburn.
- Don’t tell him about your allergies.
- Don’t whine — girls who whine stay on the vine!
How to Land Him
- Talk to his father about business and agree that taxes are too high!
- On the first date tell him you aren’t thinking of getting married!
- Learn to play poker.
- Point out to him that the death rate of single men is twice that of married men.
Wild Ideas — Anything Goes
- If your mother is fat, tell him you take after your father. If he’s fat too, tell him you’re adopted!
- Stow away on a battleship.
- Paint your name and number on the roof and say, “Give me a buzz, pilots.”
- Stand on a busy street corner with a lasso.