After seeing these images, it’s extremely clear just how the world has moved on since the 1950’s.
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.
McCall’s was a monthly American women’s magazine that enjoyed great popularity through much of the 20th century. It offered housekeeping tips, recipes for various (and likely awful) gelatin foods, and the ever popular women’s advice. The latter being why we are here today.
After I browsed through the article myself, I discovered that I was a bride of an advanced age, even though I was married at the (what I considered) young age of 25. Yup, 1958 was certainly a special time.
The article begins, “In the United States today there are 16 million women over the age of 17 who are not married. Presumably the vast majority of them would like to be.” This is where you insert the hysterical laughter. Imagine thinking you were going to get married and start a life with one person, at the time you just got your drivers licence. That’s a hard pass from me, thanks McCalls.
BoredPanda writes, “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.”
And you can definitely tell they did exactly that. Let’s go through some of the most “interesting” tips on the list.
I don’t really know what was going on in the 50’s because I wasn’t around during that decade, but from the list above, it seems like the whole point of existing was to get married. Number 23 is just plain weird if you imagine that most class reunions in the 50’s were full of 25 year old cougars looking for a widower.
Number 40, don’t forget to cry in a corner if all else fails. After all, everyone knows how much men love dramatic displays of emotion.
I would not have survived in 1958. Nope. I wear glasses, and I love the cat-eye frame, so Number 49 just doesn’t work for me. Get better looking glasses? And what about Number 63? How are the eyeballs of European women different than those of American women? What the hell was going on in the 50’s?
Remember when you could learn a new skill, apply it, and make your own clothing just to impress a man? Well, 1958 remembers. Number 88 on the list makes it sound like everyone was born with an ability to become a tailor.
Number 89 is actually good advice. Don’t gossip about anyone, regardless of who they are.
Number 96 expects too much flexibility. Yes, be flexible, but for the love of Alexander McQueen, do not go rowing in your finest ball gown. I find this advice to be strange, even for 1958 standards.
I don’t even know which ones to try and decipher from this section, but let’s start with Number 104. If you are only interested in someone for their money, maybe they aren’t the one for you. Telling the person you are a gold digger may not be the most marriage-proposal worthy discussion.
Number 110, brought to you by Black Widow Cola.
Number 113, yes please tell your future husband that you come from a different family than the one who raised you and loved you simply because they have a few extra pounds. How horribly mean were people in the 50’s?
Number 112, 111 special combo force: Get a license to hunt at Yale.
Number 121 I might actually try, because let’s be honest, this is the most 2020 thing on this list from 1958.
Number 124, make toupees? Is this real life? How many women in 1958 were in the male wig industry just to find a mate?
Well this has been fun, and I hope you all enjoyed the sarcastic tune of my writing. May the dating and marriage advice of 1958 never come back around.