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.
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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.
The 1967 Mercury was said to be ‘for men who like their action big! You sense this the moment you take the wheel. It’s a Ford Mercury. This is the Man’s Car with a heritage of performance! Cyclone!’
There’s a reason that advertising has evolved over the decades – and these bad vintage Christmas ads from years ago show you exactly why!
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?
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.
In these vintage ads from the ’50s, the message was clear: ‘If you don’t wash with Lysol, you’ll smell bad, and your husband won’t love you anymore.’
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.
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!
Around the turn of the century, there were a lot of rules and guidelines for women to be ‘proper’ – then there were the additional demands placed on them by men and the business world. Here’s a look back at some ideas of beauty from 1912 and 1913.
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.
The judgments are harsh, and nobody is worried about subtlety in these ridiculously mean vintage ads that ran in popular magazines years ago.
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!’
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.
Back in the fifties, a group brainstormed ways to help a woman catch a man… and the suggestions are just 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!
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.
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 ?
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?
What about pants on women in the office? An editor from Denver explained, “I think women should dress distinctively as women. They’ve gone too far in stealing men’s attire.”
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.
Good form: Tips for proper manners (1911) Telephone etiquette Correct though it is to employ a telephone for social purposes, there have been established certain
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
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.
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.
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.
How to choose a husband? Whatever you do, do not marry a man who claims to be a saint. He lives too much in his own imagination of himself. He is nearly always an unconscious or a subconscious hypocrite.
Luncheon for two? When is it proper for men and women to dine together? by Mary Marshall Duffee A dinner lubricates business. – Lord Stowell
Should a girl who works accept the attentions of her employer? by Idah M’Glone Gibson Dear Mrs Gibson: I have smiled and raged alternately at