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.
Mood rings were incredibly popular pieces of jewelry in the mid-1970s – a colorful fad. So did the rings actually work? What do the mood ring colors mean? Find out here!
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.’
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!
With two lively females on his hands, Ronnie calls his home “The Ronald Reagan Home For Delinquent Girls” By Ida Zeitlin The Ronald Reagans were
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a group brainstormed ways to help a woman catch a man… and the suggestions are just as cringeworthy, soul-crushing and outdated as you can imagine.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.
For some seriously questionable old-fashioned marital advice from 1861, take a look at one doctor’s sex rules for couples.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
Today Barbra Streisand is the drummer boy leading the charge. Cinderella at the ball, every hopeless kid’s hopeless dream come true.