Apparently, women only had one goal in life back then and it was to find a suitable man to put a ring on their finger.
Back in 1958, a popular songwriter, a marriage consultant, an airline stewardess, a police commissioner, a housewife, an investment banker, a psychologist, a bachelor, a newlywed, and an engineer assembled for a serious "brainstorming" session. Any guesses on what this odd group of people got together to work on? Well, all the hard work was to lay down "129 Ways to Get a Husband" and no, we are not kidding.
The report was published in a 1958 issue of McCall's magazine which remarkably thrived back in the late 50s without scrutiny despite putting out such mindboggling articles. The oblivious article and its content were shared by Kim Marx-Kuczynski on Facebook and garnered sidesplitting reactions as the list contains some of the whackiest tips on how to find a husband.
“Have your car break down at strategic places” and “Be nice to everybody - they may have an eligible brother or son,” are some of the hilarious advice given in the article crafted by the seemingly diverse panel of "experts." Assumptions like, “Men like to think they are authorities on perfume. Ask his advice on what kind you should wear,” were included to let the women know who they’ll be dealing with.
“Talk to his father about business and agree taxes are too high!” was another juicy bit of advice published to educate women on being interactive without seeming too overbearing. The internet went nuts over the weird rules laid out by the 1958 magazine issue.
Facebook users commented how the article brought them to the conclusion that the world has moved on for the better. One wrote: “Imagine if you couldn't just swipe right as you do these days and this is what you had to contend with. Hey, some of these might still work.” Meanwhile, another user commented: “Some of them also can happily double for 'get yourself murdered by a stranger at night.'"
Subheadings like – “Where to Find Him,” “How To Let Him Know You’re There,” “How To Look Good To Him,” and “How To Land Him” are preceded by an introductory page that reads: “A panel of sixteen experts, using a technique that has inspired thousands of bright business ideas, tried it on love and marriage and came up with...”
However odd it sounds today, this article gives us a peek into the life of single women back then. The unsolicited altruism of this article doesn’t end here, as the concluding section, titled “Wild Idea – Anything Goes,” gives out instructions that would make you wonder if it was all for the sake of sarcasm by the magazine team.
This published piece of patriarchal literature proudly carries some of the most unusual tips ever given to begin a soulmate hunt. The listicle isn't for the faint-hearted as it suggests women bribe the Ferris wheel operator and get themselves stuck on top of it and play the damsel in distress in the hopes of a knight in shining armor showing up to rescue them.