For decades, it was considered inappropriate for TV or movies to show a married couple sharing a bed. But did married couples really sleep in separate beds back in the ’50s?
Vintage love tips & marriage advice
Back in the ’50s, a group brainstormed ideas to help a woman catch a man… and the suggestions are as cringeworthy, soul-crushing and outdated as you can imagine. Take a look at these 129 ways to get a husband and see for yourself!
George Burns & Gracie Allen were not only married in real life, their work from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s made them one of the biggest comedy duos in Hollywood. Meet the wacky couple here!
Way back when, it’s what every girl wanted: A cedar-lined Lane hope chest for linens and her trousseau. In upper-middle-class homes, giving a teen cedar chest was a longstanding tradition — and practically a requirement for marriage.
Planning a wedding with a classic old-fashioned feel? Check out this collection of beautiful vintage wedding dresses from the first two decades of the 1900s!
What should you put in a hope chest? It’s an old-fashioned tradition, so we tripped back 100 years to get these explanations of what they were for, and why they were such a big deal for women long ago.
There have been many lonely, unhappy wives in every era. Here, an advice columnist addresses letters from women who are helpless because they are without hope — a very common type of message in her mailbox.
The lads and gents who were out fighting during the hard years of the Civil War didn’t just have battle plans on their minds. They were often bored and lonely, and looked for entertainment, news of home – and love – through letters.
All of these unidentified antique photos was taken in Ohio before the Civil War, but we will probably never know who any of the people in these old daguerreotypes were.
There is not a man living who does not like to see a woman in an apron. Every groom dreams of his young wife donning an apron in which to pour his coffee.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier became the bride of Senator John F. Kennedy – the future president – at this elegant society wedding in 1953. See what it was like!
Here are two vintage articles from the turn of the century with advice for young married couples about some of the ways to make their years together happy ones.
Not only would these sexist vintage ads not sell well today, but they’d also cause a huge social media backlash. See 50 of the most obnoxious examples here.
Here’s a sweet selection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards – little love notes people sent to each other by the millions around the early part of the 20th century.
What do the different flowers mean when it comes to send a bouquet for the New Year? Take a look back to the Victorian era to find out!
How to chase men till they catch us is something every teen girl should know, said the 1950s editor of Seventeen magazine. Here are her tips on how to flirt & behave!
She will love these Pyrex gifts! The double boiler lets you SEE what’s cooking! Entertaining is fun with these new dishes! Let her make the coffee perfect every time.
Find out about the teen marriages of Sonny Wisecarver – aka “The Woo Woo Kid” – who went on to inspire the 1987 movie ‘In the Mood,’ starring Patrick Dempsey.
Find out about Marvelous Men, Cosmopolitan’s 1974 bestselling guidebook for women, with dozens of tips on ‘how to know’ guys & ‘make them love you!’
Why do women give up their maiden names – blushing brides who assume their husbands’ names on the wedding day?
Old wedding superstitions and traditions are intended to bring the couple good luck – but worrying about all these myths & signs would stress anyone out!
He’s rich as Croesus, with achievements that are many and brilliant. He has a soft voice, half Southern, half Western, shy eyes and an infectious grin. He’s Howard Hughes. There should be a law against him.
Albert Einstein’s wife, Elsa, may not have been a scientist – but she understood her husband, at least.
Take a look back at one of America’s favorite comedic couples in this article with Lucy’s byline from April 1950. The focus of her story? Her favorite husband at the time: Desi Arnaz.
Avoid contradicting your husband, do not give your advice till he asks it, and other marriage tips from the 1830s. Because a wife may have more sense than her husband, but she should never seem to know it.
“How did he propose?” was asked in a series of nationally-syndicated newspaper columns during the early 1920s. Here’s a selection of some of the best engagement stories – from the sweet and simple to the too-cute-for-words.
For some seriously questionable old-fashioned marital advice from 1861, take a look at one doctor’s sex rules for couples.
Suppose you were a young woman anxious to find a husband, get married and settle down. What would be the best sort of job for you? Here’s what a survbey ?
According to Marilyn Monroe’s first husband, if they had stayed together, by 1976, the star might have ended up a 50-year-old housewife living in Arizona.
So many experts have come out with learned treatises on how to land an eligible bachelor, it was time for an experienced amateur to speak up. There is one big difference between their fancy methods and mine. Mine worked.
Marriage rates rose each year between 1945 and 1949 – more than ever before during a 5-year period – as almost 3,000,000 women swapped the single life for married life.
An expert said American dating and courtship is characterized by romance… After a brief, ecstatic acquaintanceship, they believe that they can go on living happily ever after.
What do newly-engaged couples really need to know? Quite a bit! Here are ideas from 1921 for telling your close friends, suggestions for formally announcing your engagement, tips for selecting a ring and more advice.
How DOES a girl win a husband? By tradition, she waits until the right man comes along, then he woos her, pursues her, and leads her to the altar.
Should girls call boys – especially if he hasn’t called her after a date? Some problems never change, as these dating tips from the ’50s show!
Boy meets girl, boy marries girl. That just about summarizes the modern courtship, American style. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned courtship — complete with hearts and flowers?
An eligible young man who has begun to think seriously of marriage, ponders on the old questions of whether to marry the sparkling girl or the sensible one.
In the ’70s, how many men and women now live together as husband and wife without actually being married – and what did average Americans think about that?
In the United States, divorce increased two and a half times as fast as the population, and 2/3 of the divorces were granted on petition of the wife. See more Victorian divorce statistics here!
The top reasons couples get divorced in 1920? One wife said her husband was teaching the baby to drink beer. A score of wives charged that their husbands contracted diseases.
Believing there is a great need for wise counsel in this troubled world, Photoplay-Movie Mirror has persuaded Bette Davis, Hollywood’s famous advice star, to act as consultant to its readers.
There were very specific rules to follow when dating – or courting, as they called it – back before the Civil War. Here’s a look.
Love letters A gentleman is struck with the appearance of a lady and is desirous of her acquaintance, but there are no means within his
Do you know how to kiss? Sure, everybody knows how to kiss — after a fashion. But there’s a right and wrong way, so they say. Here is the proper stance, kiss and everything.
I married a Hollywood movie star. Everyone called it an ideal match. Yet, I ended up learning the true and — perhaps shocking — reason why celebrities get divorced.
Experience shows that after the newlyweds have become long-marrieds, the couples who quarrel most are the ones who are most affectionate in public.
What to expect before, during and after a wedding From the best man to the most remote acquaintance of the affianced couple, a wedding invitation
Get details of an old-fashioned Victorian bridal procession here! At the start, the wedding party, with the exception of the groom and his best man, assemble in the waiting rooms at the entrance to the church where the procession is formed.
When it comes to marrying a Hollywood actor, the former Mrs Charlie Chaplin says don’t wed a genius because it won’t last. Celebrity couples are doomed to divorce.
From an expert: A checklist to help wives plan for the future For husbands: Mrs Charles Ulrick Bay, well-known New York broker, offers this advice:
Old-time courting & a red-hot date: 25 years ago and today Old-time courting 25 years ago (1902) The start of a heavy courtship. Twenty-five years ago.
A guide for men who want to marry, from popping the question to the wedding reception – well, if you lived before the Civil War, that is.