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How To Find A Husband: 1950s Style

In 2012, the invention of Tinder changed the landscape of love, dating, and relationships as we know it. Gone are the days where flirting required real-life, face-to-face interaction and welcome to the age of virtual romance, where your next hook up is only one swipe away. As a woman who uses dating apps, I often feel like a small disposable fish in an endlessly big pond of younger, better looking and more heavily photoshopped fish and it's quite daunting. But was courtship really that much easier before online dating took over, or have women struggled to find good-quality men since the dawn of time? 

It seems so; a magazine article titled '129 Ways to Get a Husband' was discovered in a 1958 edition of American magazine McCall's. In what seems to be an attempt to help its readers find a husband, it lists 129 bizarre, sexist and possibly politically incorrect tips to point them in the right direction. I've decided to look into each one and see if they would work today and whether or not things have really changed all that much in dating over the past 62 years. Welcome to your weekly tip on 'How To Find A Husband: 1950s Style'. 

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  • The 1958 edition of American magazine McCall’s, featuring '129 Ways to Get a Husband'

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    That's a lot of ways! Arguably too many. But beggars can't be choosers, so let's begin with Tip #1...


  • Tip #1 Get a dog and walk it

    Text - 19504 dating advice 129 WAYS TO GET A HUSBAND #1 GET A DOG AND WALK IT
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    I am personally not a dog owner, but I have many friends and family members who are. Since I was unable to provide my own insight into whether or not this is an effective husband-finding tip, I asked them for their thoughts. I received mixed responses, however, the overwhelming feeling was yes, it is a great way to pick up a husband. Here are ten reasons why.


  • 1. Dogs are the ultimate ice breakers

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    Having a dog and meeting a fellow dog owner automatically gives you something to bond over. Just because you're poop-scooping while you're doing it, doesn't mean you can't find love at the same time. As long as you don't involve butt-sniffing with your potential love interest while your pooch checks out his dogs behind, you're all good (unless that's your thing - no judgment).


  • 2. Having a dog makes you more attractive

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    Fun fact: When it comes to meeting women, 49% of men find a woman who has a rescue animal more attractive. The numbers speak for themselves, what are you waiting for?


  • 3. Dogs make perfect wingmen/women

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    Approaching a cute stranger while walking your dog and asking: "Is that your dog's tail wagging or are you just happy to see me?" or, "This dog is beautiful. I see he takes after his owner" could land you the husband of your dreams.


  • 4. Walking your dog can lead to 'spontaneous' romantic moments

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    If you spot a potential husband in the park, you can offer to share your canine's treats with his dog, while simultaneously offering a cup of hot chocolate from your thermos (or iced-coffee if it's summertime). Appearing spontaneous may require some strategic planning, but a little could go a long way!


  • 5. Having a dog shows that you can commit

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    Having a dog requires time, patience, and commitment. Much like having a husband. When a man sees that you can be responsible for your pup, it tells them that you are loyal and can bring that level of commitment to marriage. What they don't realize, is that having a dog actually prepares you for having a husband. Which leads me to my next point...


  • 6. Having a dog is great practice for having a husband

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    Keeping your husband happy is simple (so I've heard). All you need to do is feed him, pet him and make sure he's clean; all things you're already used to doing already, from having a dog. Just see it as good practice. Having a husband is slightly less of a responsibility than a dog because he can hopefully already walk himself. But still, the similarities are there.


  • 7. It also shows you that he can commit to you

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    It goes hand in hand, obviously, as long as they know that unlike dogs, a wife will definitely want some alone time. And there will probably be some mood swings thrown in there too. But other than that, it's good to know that your future husband can commit.


  • 8. Having a dog lets him know you'll be a good mom

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    Having a dog (especially a puppy) isn't all that different from having a child. Both are curious, make a lot of mess and touch things they're not supposed to. They poop everywhere (when they're babies obviously), love walking in the park, and have a really bad aim when it comes to peeing. If you can master having a dog, you can probably master having a child and that will make men more attracted to you.


  • 9. It shows your future husband that you get daily exercise

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    One of the perks of having a dog is that it forces you to get exercise every day. Sometimes twice a day, if no one else is walking your pup for you. Not only is this obviously good for you, but it shows a potential mate that you are active and healthy (ish) and it even gives you something to do together. Who knew exercise could be so romantic.


  • 10. Walking your dog in the park lets you know exactly when you'll see your crush

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    If you do spot a guy who you think might be husband material, you know exactly where to find him every single day. It eliminates any anxieties of wondering if and when you'll next see him, or whether you'll be caught unaware with no makeup on and in your sweat pants. Walking your dog provides you and him with a routine, so there are no surprises. You can look your best, always, which will make you feel more confident in eventually approaching him using one of the great pick up lines I've given you above.


  • Tip #1... Still applies to 2020

    Romance - I guess maybe I even loved you before I saw you.
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    So there you have it. It seems like Tip #1 for finding a husband still applies in 2020. Some things are timeless after all and it seems like using dogs to find love is one of them. Those of you single gals out there who were thinking of getting a dog but weren't sure, I hope I've convinced you. I might be trying it out myself after the Coronavirus madness calms down. Tune in next time for Tip #2...

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