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Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

How to Find a Husband (in 1958)

I saw a shared post on Facebook by someone who bought a McCall’s magazine from 1958 because the cover advertised an article titled “129 Ways to Get a Husband” and she said it did not disappoint. Above, the first 13 ways a woman in 1958 could find a husband. Below, the following 116 ways. (Oh God, 24, 34!, 40, 56!, 58?! I mean, wow, they’re all pretty bad/hilarious/sad.)

Do you think this is what the Trumpers mean when they say Make America Great Again? They want women standing on street corners crying softly and wearing sweaters on every third date?

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  • JD October 18, 2018, 2:33 pm

    Hey, the dog walking one worked for me!

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  • Howdywiley October 18, 2018, 2:38 pm

    Practice your drinking with your women friends first.

    Interesting.

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    • JD October 18, 2018, 2:51 pm

      Sounds like i spend most of my 20s perfecting this skill.

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  • ktfran October 18, 2018, 2:40 pm

    What the fuck? Get a sunburn?!? 98… turn wolves into husbands. Oh my god. I can’t. Tell him you’re adopted if your parents are fat?!?

    This is a gem. Complete gem.

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  • LisforLeslie October 18, 2018, 2:53 pm

    Well, I like to break down in strategic spaces too – but I don’t have a car. That just means crying quietly in a bookstore.

    97 tho… hide your PBK key = smart women are intimidating.

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  • Kate October 18, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Wow, double date with a gay married couple, how progressive.

    Jk.

    How do I know if I “look good in sweaters?”

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    • JD October 18, 2018, 3:11 pm

      I think it’s a boob thing. 😂

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    • Bittergaymark October 18, 2018, 3:26 pm

      Marilyn Monroe was a “sweater girl.” In her model days. It was a total 1940s thing… think clingy tight sweaters over a woman like Marilyn. It was all very VaVaVoom!

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  • Bittergaymark October 18, 2018, 3:23 pm

    Many are laugh out loud. But some are surprisingly sound… hilarious though.

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  • Copa October 18, 2018, 3:38 pm

    Oh man. This reminds me of a book I stumbled onto at a used book store once called 400 Creative Ways to Say I Love You, that included things like carrying a lock of your husband’s hair in your wallet, bathing daily, and asking him what you can do to make him happier. I had a good laugh at that book, until I realized it was from the 80s!

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    • TheOtherOtherMe October 18, 2018, 3:48 pm

      The 80s????? Do you mean the 1880s? Because the 1980s were post-feminism, and I don’t know anyone from that decade who would have taken that advice seriously…

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  • Fyodor October 18, 2018, 3:39 pm

    A lot are funny but many of them are solid. The male/female geographic ratio thing is making a comeback.

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    • Bittergaymark October 18, 2018, 3:53 pm

      And I always pointedly do choose to sit next to Hot Guys on Southwest Flights…

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      • JD October 18, 2018, 3:57 pm

        Barely made a SW flight back in my SNA to SFO days, sprinted in with my grande latte, proceeded to pour the whole thing on the cute guy next to me. We date for a few months 🙂

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      • Fyodor October 18, 2018, 3:59 pm

        84 is solid.

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      • Fyodor October 18, 2018, 4:02 pm

        Back when they used to have the first two rows facing each other I would try to grab some of those seats. Usually it would be other chatty people that also sat there. I got a few dates from those flights.

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      • Copa October 18, 2018, 4:17 pm

        I’ve never met anyone on a flight, but have sat next to a few people on trains and buses that turned into dates. They were all bad dates, but they were still dates!

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    • Kate October 18, 2018, 4:26 pm

      I met a guy at baggage claim once and went on a date. He was cute but he lied about stuff I could look up online.

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  • anonymousse October 18, 2018, 5:01 pm

    72: Don’t whine. Girls who whine stay on the vine!

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    • Fyodor October 18, 2018, 6:13 pm

      It’s… not bad advice, though the imagery is problematic.

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      • Bittergaymark October 18, 2018, 6:39 pm

        “There they sit and dither until they begin to slowly wither . “

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      • Fyodor October 18, 2018, 7:01 pm

        “and lose their ripe succulence”

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      • anonymousse October 18, 2018, 7:49 pm

        I’m picturing a bunch of old single ladies drinking a lot of wine.

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  • K October 19, 2018, 10:54 am

    #4…I met my boyfriend through a hiking club, and I know multiple people who met their spouses through our hiking club! I was just surprised that was a suggestion since I didn’t think hiking was as popular in the 50’s.

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  • Kate B. October 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

    Get a dog? Dammit. That’s what I’ve been doing wrong. I thought they were just fun pets. BTW, I have a button box.

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  • keyblade October 19, 2018, 12:29 pm

    Sounds good to me 🙂

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    • keyblade October 19, 2018, 12:31 pm

      Oops, that was meant to be a reply to single old women drinking wine together.

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    • anonymousse October 19, 2018, 2:21 pm

      I know, right?

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  • SpaceySteph October 19, 2018, 2:00 pm

    Re: #14, my Grandmother, who got married in 1958 totally found her husband that way. She was in high school, working as an usher at the school play. She made conversation as she helped a woman find her seat… that woman then hooked her up with my grandfather, her son. She always always says that you should be nice to everyone because you never know when they’ll turn out to be your future mother in law.

    So does this mean now that I’m married I can be mean to everyone?

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