‘129 Ways to Get a Husband’ Article Shows What Life Was Like for Women in 1958

Kim Marx-Kuczynski

If you were alive in the 1950s, or even if you weren’t, you probably still know how different life was back then. That was more than six decades ago—not only has the fashion changed, but so has relationship mentality.

Not sure what we mean? You’re about to. One woman named Kim recently decided to buy a McCall’s magazine that was published in 1958 purely because it advertised an article on the cover titled “129 Ways to Get a Husband.”

“It did not disappoint,” she wrote in her now viral Facebook post, followed by a photo of the list of all 129 ways women were instructed to literally “get a husband” in the late 50s.

It really doesn’t disappoint. The list is so insane that it almost feels like it’s a complete joke—except it wasn’t! Times were just very different (read: VERY different). Let’s put it this way: Content like this would NEVER be published in current times.

The list starts off with some strange ideas—e.g., “Get a dog and walk it,” “Have your car break down at strategic places,” “Attend night school—take courses men like.” are the first three ways to “get a husband.”

As you continue to read, you’ll discover other suggestions including joining a hiking club, taking up golf, go bicycling through Europe, and sitting on a park bench and feed the pigeons.

Ummmm, okay? We’d really love to know if anyone followed these tips and actually found themselves a husband.

Still going on reading, you’ll find that each tip is weirder and more laughable then the next. Here are some of our personal favorites:

  • Stand in a corner and cry softly. Chances are good that he’ll come over to find out what’s wrong.
  • Don’t let him fish for your name the next time you meet. None of this “guess who stuff.”
  • Buy a convertible. Men like to ride in them.
  • Learn how to bake tasty apple pies. Bring one in to the office and let the eligible bachelors taste it.
  • Wear high heels most of the time—they’re sexier! Unless he happens to be shorter than you are.
  • Get a sunburn.
  • Stand on a busy street corner with a lasso.

We can’t stop laughing.

There are a few decent, simple suggestions on here too—for example, “Laugh at his jokes,” “Tell him he’s handsome,” and “Don’t discuss your former boyfriends” are just a few.

Check out the entire list below—and try to hide your disbelief (we can’t!).

What do you think of this list? What ways do you think this list would differ if it were published in 2021?