“129 Ways To Get a Husband” Article From 1958 Shows How Times Have Changed

McCall’s was a monthly American women’s magazine that enjoyed great popularity through much of the 20th century. Kim Marx-Kuczynski came across an interesting copy of a January 1958 issue. In that magazine, an article “129 ways to get a husband” caught her eye. She decided to share it, and it is every bit as good as you would expect.

I bought a McCall's magazine from 1958 because the cover advertised an article titled "129 Ways to Get a Husband" and it did not disappoint. The whole list is littered with WTF but my personal favorite (#40) has had me randomly busting into laughing fits since I read it three days ago.

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  1. # me too November 27, 2018

    130 Threaten him with rape charges if he won’t marry you on the spot.

  2. creepy November 27, 2018

    Half of them look like advice for how to get raped and the other half for how to get restraining orders put against you.

  3. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    These are hilarious!

  4. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    #76 has certainly changed its meaning.

  5. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    If I had lived in the 1950’s I would have stuck my head in the oven when the Valium and Martinis weren’t enough to kill the pain.

  6. Anonymous November 28, 2018

    this is frightfully similar to the dating advice you get nowadays from onkine communities (except the fish scaling maybe).

  7. Anonymous November 29, 2018

    Jesus H. Christ

  8. Anonymous November 29, 2018

    This advise is comically tragic. What I read was – act like a complete psycho, advertise your desperation, become a bold-faced liar, take advantage of other people’s pain and suffering through shameless manipulation, degrade and demean yourself regularly, and when all else fails, go to Yale. What. The. Actual…. smh.

  9. Anonymous November 30, 2018

    In other words, be completely dishonest and present an image that’s just not true. Dupe toe poor guy into thinking you’re something that you’re not.

    Excellent advice. No wonder so many 1950s marriages were unhappy.

  10. Anonymous November 30, 2018

    They forgot ” Wear see-through tops and no bra.” That always works.

  11. Anonymous December 1, 2018

    This had to be satire

  12. Anonymous December 1, 2018

    Well it could have been a flippant list. But looking at what “some” women have been doing for eternity this is what has created the “me too” movement. If a guy had read this and god knows they have always been aware of these type of women’s manipulations, I’m not surprised there are a**holes to match the bi**hs who followed these rules. Go figure!

  13. Anonymous December 1, 2018

    And this is the generation of woman who can’t understand why modern people prefer to stay single. Their long-lasting marriages are full of lying and deceit. What a house of cards.

  14. Bruce P. December 1, 2018

    At the end of the day, its about being noticed, its about being available, not sitting back, get out and about, if you see him, talk to him. Modern people don’t prefer to be single, you need open comunication about every thing. This is just about meeting someone. If you stay in your home you will not meet any one, go out do t hing’s you enjoy and take the chance to meet some one.

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