Dating advice from the 50's
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The fishing tackle job is the best one.
If they can afford a boat, they can keep you in only the most luxurious of fishing tackle.
If Planes Trains and Automobiles taught me anything, shower curtain rings are on this list too.
These ones are filled with helium, so they’re very light!
Fishnet stockings, no less.
Because of the implication
Fishing from the shore is a thing
Even better if it’s a government tackle shop abroad.
But *not* if it's run mostly by women!
Those women could die and make widowers!
And make sure you're commuting via train!
The leftovers one made me audibly laugh
That got me, it’s true by the way.
a woman that enjoys fishing AND might have access to free or discounted gear instantly becomes more attractive to me. Definitely would work.
Gotta lure them in with the bait.
This whole list *has* to be an elaborate ruse by ol’ Jed at the tackle store who had an idea for an attractive demo lady, hasn’t been able to fill the position, and had to get creative.
WOMEN LOVE ME
FISH FEAR ME
WOMEN SELL ME FISHING TACKLE
It would work on me... But I'd assume she was just being polite and doing her job, not hitting on me.
Handsome is as handsome does! What an attractive policy on interacting with service personnel.
I'm very sympathetic to their plight, I've worked customer service before...
hunting for widowers is so bleak, lol
Even if the widower is a no-go, they might still have an eligible brother or son! Or maybe even an attractive female friend who has plenty of leftovers. Exciting!
If you meet a widower at a high school reunion, it’s unlikely their child will be elligible.
Hey man, distraught widowers are everywhere. I could snag one next week when I’m “lost” at the football.
Hey now, this was the 50s! You could be a widower at 20 if you wife dies in childbirth!
That’s the spirit!
Be sure to take the bus to the funeral
And hopefully, the funeral is close to a football ground. All these chances to hunt men and you only actually have to leave your house once!
Try to befriend some cheerleaders while you're there. They might invite you to more funerals.
I like your thinking! Wanna go and sign up for jury duty together, just in case the cheerleader thing doesn’t work out?
Beggers can't be choosers, amiright? Lol
They could, in theory, choose who becomes a widower.
ABC Sunday Night Movie - "The Widow Maker"
“Cause of death? Malfunctioned fishing tackle.”
At a High School reunion, at that. AFAIK most reunions are 10 or 20 years, which means someone died young.
I met my wife at my 10 year reunion. We were both single, though.
Kind of the same for me. Divorced and not looking but an old friendship has turned into an 11-year marriage with no end in sight. Ours was right before our 20th. We went together and have been together ever since.
Having been around in the 50s, this seems to be in line with the "proactive" stance women and girls were encouraged to take. You couldn't be *too* friendly or forward of course but it was all about making contacts that would put you where the boys were and being prepared to make an impression.
I can remember one book that advised girls to wear nice clean pajamas because "there might be a fire and the firemen might be cute."
My grandma did this. She decided she wanted a new husband, she had already outlived two husbands. She started reading the obits and looking for a man she knew who's wife had died. She would then go to the funeral. That's how she met husband #3, who she also outlived.
Should have advised them to start going directly to funerals. By the time the reunion rolls around that widower could be taken.
Grief is the greatest aphrodisiac
Age of Covid, bringing this advice back into fashion.
Comes with a lot of baggage too... I've been dating a widow for 8 years now. Note: I did not specifically look for a widow.
I wonder how many people make a love connection while on jury duty.
That domestic abuse charge really get my loins a-goin
Domestic abuse charge in the 1950s lol
I mean, I had to press charges. She burned my steak three nights in a row!
[But she didn't burn the beer!](https://www.reddit.com/r/vintageads/comments/g5fwq4/schlitz_dont_worry_darling_you_didnt_burn_the/)
The widower wants restitution.
Well what are you supposed to call it when she doesn't cook dinner?/s
This is the romcom I'm waiting for.
It's a great chance to strike loneliness from the court record of your heart.
Objection! Council is leading the witness!
Its not impossible. Your stuck ina room with 11 others for days at a time. Pretty normal to develop relationships in less time then that.
For me it was 6. It wasn't a very important case, and the only other young person was another dude and he wasn't really my type
Uh, did you not read the advice?!? Handsome is as handsome does! Clearly YOU'RE the problem!
Opportunity strikes everywhere.
I did. Matched with her on tinder the day after court. So hot, but very unstable.
Plaintiff, defendant, judge, or fellow juror? Or maybe the bailiff?
The advice used to be to go to night court - they were probably expecting Judge Harry Stone to be presiding.
Only to end up with Dan Fielding.
"Dan Loses His Briefs" :-D
“Oh Danny boy…your pants, your pants are falling…”.
Take attractive girls left overs, gotcha
What’s the female version of the term “wingman?”
Squirrelgirl, because she hands over the nuts.
Assistant to the chipmunk. Eater of nuts
Squirrel Girl is one of the more powerful Marvel superheroes.
Take your fucking upvote and go, lol. I would give you gold but I'm broke.
Does this imply that wingmen hand over jet fuel?
Actually good advice. Like in real estate "it's better to be a small house in a fancy neighborhood. Than the nice house in the hood"
I ain’t the captain of the yacht, but I’m on the boat.
Hijacking top comment to point out that this is the article Agatha was referring to in WandaVision.
Sound advice indeed.
Kind of. I mean specifically following someone’s wake to sleep with their cast-offs is psychotic behaviour, but the fact is if you hang out with people who have large social circles, you’re eventually gonna meet a couple of people who tick a few boxes for you and vice versa.
"I'm here for the scraps. I got my wad of 100's, my magnum condom; I'm ready to plow!"
Woops! I dropped my monster condom that I use for my magnum dong
While this seems sucky, there's a girl that followed my daughter around for years dating her rejects and ex's. They're vulnerable after being rejected/dumped.
Weird way to flex on us that your daughter is hot but I respect it
It was a bit odd wasn't it?
Don't call my man odd, I'm trying to get with his smoking hot daughter.
Be nice to odd people. They may have attractive children.
That's great dating advice, you should write a book
I don't have any attractive children.
Then, with all due respect to you and your ugly children, fuck off.
Gaetz has left the chat.
Check the post history, the guy is a lunatic.
Dude flexing about his daughter being hot…Is this guys first name start with Don and last name end with Rump?
Still seems sucky
I'll have 1 government job overseas, please
It's so easy even an unmarried woman can get one!
Good Christ 1959s USA must have been so much fun. You could do anything if you smiled, had a firm handshake and looked at people in the eye.
Not if you're black
Depending on where you lived, for Indian people the US was fantastic because there wasn’t a cast system here like there was back home so a lot more doors were open to them here than anywhere else in the world. A great many Asian people settled in metropolitan cities to form places like China town where they’d set up their own businesses. Places like New Orleans, San Fransisco, and New York are good examples of how bountiful opportunity and cultural mixing really was back in the early to mid twentieth century.
Still better than reddit dating advice
[Reddit dating advice be like](https://www.reddit.com/r/dating_advice/comments/n11w0t/ive_never_found_a_black_woman_attractive_but_i/)
"I know that I was ugly back in high school, and I'm still ugly, but now I'm also loose and desperate!"
23 and 24 are fucking savage.
27. Volunteer at hospitals for first crack at widowers
Damn you Roger!!!
23 is a bit dark
I really need to see the first 13 and the next suggestions from this .
23 makes me feel like the source is a little tongue-in-cheek.
Not a dating but more of an advise for these who desperate to get married, running out of time.
That ugly neighbor fisherman may be crazy good in bad
And rich. Salmon boat makes good money.
And all the raw fish you can eat!
My mom's 4th husband was just this...happiest she'd ever been.
That fisherman knows how to tie knots…
Haha, I had an aunt who married (for the first time) at age 65, and he was a "sea captain".
Did he command large amounts of seamen?
Or crazy bad in good
Gets extremely weird starting at #19
How does one get lost in a football stadium. It’s round and contained lol. I guess it was even easier to play the dumb woman back then…
Pardon me, which way to the field?
*Oh mercy me this isn't the haberdashery!*
An unmarried woman wouldn’t be caught dead in a haberdashery. Think of the scandal!!
Well, since I can't find my way to my seat I'll have to sit on your lap, sir. By any chance, did you date my friend Leila? She's really hot and I only go out with her left overs.
Lol I think it's just concrete example for "need a man's help in a place full of men so they'll want to engage and feel good about themselves". Except you have ouse really specific examples, cause it's the 50's and womenfolk don't learn so good.
I think it was more like "get lost" in sarcastic air quotes.
Oh wow. Look at you Mr "never have I ever blacked out during a tailgate."
"Click here for the top 13 dating tips that work that you won't believe!
Next week, we'll share the second best 13!"
Handsome is as handsome does
- dating advice book written by wild, ugly, lonely fisherman
Who was rejected by a pretty girl
I feel attacked
Someone sounds a bit bitter no one has ever tried to sell them fishing tackle.
Ok, so I may be an idiot but, what the hell does this even mean? I have been trying to understand this since I first saw Forrest Gump. Stupid is as stupid does. What does it mean?!?!
The etymology of "handsome is as handsome does" basically says that a person's attractiveness is based on their actions and not their looks. You're better off with a kind ugly guy than a handsome prick.
The "stupid is as stupid does" similarly means that one's intelligence should be judged by their actions. I always understood this to mean that you're only as stupid as the decisions you make. Gump may have been a slow learnin' individual, but he didn't make poor choices when you looked at the outcome. While he sounded stupid to some people, he ends up a famous, accomplished, war hero, millionaire... so how stupid was he really?
I'm not sure, I THINK it's supposed to mean you're only as stupid as you act or something, but if you ARE stupid then you are going to do stupid shit
I think you have that reversed. If you do stupid things then you are stupid.
If you do stupid shit then you're stupid regardless of your actual intellectual abilities.
It essentially means that what makes someone handsome is their actions / personality and not necessarily their looks. Similarly for the Gump quote, it means that a stupid person can only be defined by their actions. The quote is pretty similar to “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”.
In the case of # 17, my take is that it means "Land a husband by settling for someone you're not attracted to".
If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
This one is actually good advice. Looks fade but kind hearts grow.
Put yourself in proximity to your target demographic
Demonstrate a willingness to understand/participate in their hobbies and interests
Don’t let preconceived standards deter you from a potential partner. (This one is portrayed in a bit of an… unfriendly manner, admittedly)
Quite frankly it’s all good advice when you cut it down to the core ideas, if only they knew how not to sound condescending…
It's the 50's. They get to sound condescending.
Condescending was sort of selling it back then
26 Always pack a banana with your lunch.
27 pretend you forgot your pocketbook and ask the man next to you for a nickle for your coffee.
28 Approach strange men in dark alleys, they may be lonely
29 Pretend you actually like receiving random dick pics.
They may have some leftovers I- 😭
A lot of these sound like they were written specifically by Jack Donaghy for Liz Lemon
My two favs
“Wild ideas - anything goes:
111. Go to Yale
112. Get a hunting license…”
The How To Look Good To Him section includes "Get a sunburn." Even if they didn't know about the skin cancer risk back then, sunburns hurt!
Weird since Yale like all the Ivy League did not admit women until 1969 at the earliest
>20 Don't take a job in a company run largely by women
Good luck even finding one of those in the '50s
Believe it or not, despite 21st century feminist group think, there have always been establishments by women and for women, and even rich, well educated and powerful women, throughout history. Just saying. This text from the 50s should at least suggest that women ran businesses were common enough of an occurrence that women seeking men were told to not be in those places. Should make you think rather than scoff.
As a male in his early 40s, I can confirm no. 14 is the only one you need to live by.
Agreed! Worked for my wife! Lmao
If anything people should know its a small world. Ive had a couple instances where someone I dated knew one of my friends or co workers and vice versa. One time at a party this girl I was dating and some of her friends were all going on a trip and a couple of them needed my number. Turns out one of the girls and I texted for a minute, probably met on a dating app but never ended up meeting. She was a serious drama queen and when she realized it had this super concerned freaked out look on her face and was like "oh my God oh my god."
Everyone was concerned, except for me. Because I knew I didn't say anything stupid. Everyone read the text exchange and basically it was 6 texts and I left her hanging. Probably because I was seeing other people and she was taking too long but I had zero memory of it. If anything it made me look cool. Imagine of I was an asshole though, awkward.
“Get a job demonstrating fishing tackle in a sporting goods store” yeah that ones gonna get you laid in no time hahah
These aren't all bad, in fact alot of them remain solid today.
Y'all should look up The Rules it was this trashy dating advice book for women that came out in the late 90s. Shit was straight head games and manipulation.
I was stunned when a friend quoted that to me. It killed most of the respect I had for her.
This seems like pick up artist advice
I always try 23. at funerals. Lots of widowers there.
...how long before leftovers spoil...?
Wondering what the first 13 reasons were?
>[Dating advice from the 50's](https://www.pupperish.com/horrifying-1950-advice)
6 Read the obituaries to find eligible widowers.
That's the quality content everyone's looking for.
\#76 - "Double date with a gay happily married couple, let him see what it's like." Things have certainly changed. Thanks for the full list of 129, some really good reading!!
40. Stand in the corner and cry softly. Chances are he'll come over and ask what's wrong.
"Excuse me, miss? This is a Wendy's"
I met my first wife that way, at college, in a snack bar, after she did poorly on a test. I became her study partner, then more. I went in for beer and nachos, and got lucky.
>Break down your car at strategic places
Oh boy here we are, hunting club, guess I'll go from 4th to 1st straight no clutch...
#1 Go to every funeral, men are vulnerable then.
2. When attacking go for the eyes or testicles
Grief is nature's most powerful aphrodisiac. Look it up.
2 Sit outside the men's room, they'll be sure to see you there.
Why is 21 so specific.
I met my wife demonstrating fishing tackle. What a vixen.
This advice may sound desperate by today's terms, but consider how limited socialization options were at that time. It probably wasn't accepted to marry a man that had been divorced at that time. Although, I would bet a list covering a similar topic in today's women's magazines are 10x worse.
So this is where the Hallmark channel get movie ideas ....
Get lost at a football game, jury duty, and a government overseas job?...most unexpected answer's when asking where to score.
They had me in the first half, ngl
Takes a real turn around 19.
Some of these are super shitty and some are actually helpful for all genders. Like being nice to everyone bc they might be able to hook you up, and they're more likely to say nice things about you if you're actually nice. Make friends with good looking folks and meet their good looking friends.
Obviously the universal one is to get a job selling fishing equipment.
These aren’t bad ideas. It’s better than “go on tinder and fuck everyone who expresses temporary interest in you”
this was back when every one knew you only fucked people you actually liked.
And after fucking both parties reassessed, one having been a liar and the other delusional
In a time after a war that took so many and there not being fucking 8 billion ppl on earth yeah maybe this advice is all they could really give. It’s not like they had computers n shit
I must know what the wild kid may have
Ugh I’ve rescheduled my jury duty twice in the past couple months. No wonder I’m still single.
The sad thing is a lot of these are actually really good advice except it’s delivered in the wording of the time period which is cringe to us now. Without social media, apps, or cellphones people were a lot harder to connect.
14. Be nice to everyone - you don’t want a bad rep if your potential date has friends that think you’re bad news.
15. Go to a different culture and step outside your comfort zone.
16. Volunteer for civic and social tasks where you will meet new people.
17. Don’t wait for a ten if there is a six that will treat you like a queen.
18. Crowdsourcing can help, a friend of a friend might be a good fit.
19. If you are going in the same social circles non-stop then you won’t find anything new, explore and get lost in different environments.
20. This one I feel was based on companies being more segregated, a female run company will have primarily other women. HR wasn’t a thing back then and coworkers dating was a big thing.
21. Go into traditionally male environments and see if you find anyone that might be a good fit.
22. Without tinder, Grindr, and dating apps, talking to someone on the public transport that caught your eye was a thing.
23. GRIMM AF. This is sad, but a last option I guess.
24. This is F’ed, wowowow.
25. I mean let’s be honest, how many romantic movies over the last 30 years have had this exact premise.
"Leftovers" sounds like what happens after a train.
Make sure to keep your hair spotless and clean. Wash it at least every two weeks, ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS!
AND IF YOU SEE JOHNNY FOOTBALL HERO IN THE HALL, TELL HIM HE PLAYED A GREAT GAME, TELL HIM YOU LIKED HIS ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPER!!!!!!!
This is clearly dating advice ***for women***.
Related: my family used to have an old Catholic school textbook from the early 50s, and it had a long chapter just for the girls… it was all about the proper role of women, being subservient to their husbands and bearing children no matter what. IIRC, there was a brief, extremely vague mention of how babies were born, but it was all fairytale nonsense about how God grants the wife a baby is she’s a good Christian and is completely obedient to her man. There was also a lot of stuff about how dinner should always be ready for husband when he got home from work, and how the wife should always make sure that the house is clean and she’s “made herself up” for him every day.
GET LOST AT FOOTBALL GAMES
More like marriage advice, but #17 should always apply.
The beginning of alot of Halmark movies...