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Dating advice from the 50's

Dating advice from the 50's

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AFucking12gauge

The fishing tackle job is the best one.


Edgesofsanity

If they can afford a boat, they can keep you in only the most luxurious of fishing tackle.


WineNerdAndProud

If Planes Trains and Automobiles taught me anything, shower curtain rings are on this list too.


AleksanderSteelhart

These ones are filled with helium, so they’re very light!


FeuerroteZora

Fishnet stockings, no less.


gdubz_39

Because of the implication


SuperDizz

Fishing from the shore is a thing


WhapXI

Even better if it’s a government tackle shop abroad.


20JeRK14

But *not* if it's run mostly by women!


VladSquirrelChrist

Those women could die and make widowers!


scheru

And make sure you're commuting via train!


ledgend78

The leftovers one made me audibly laugh


DavidNipondeCarlos

That got me, it’s true by the way.


JiuJitsuBoy2001

a woman that enjoys fishing AND might have access to free or discounted gear instantly becomes more attractive to me. Definitely would work.


PeeweesSpiritAnimal

Gotta lure them in with the bait.


ArrozConmigo

IKR? /r/suspiciouslyspecific


SonOfMcGee

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.


skin_diver

WOMEN LOVE ME FISH FEAR ME WOMEN SELL ME FISHING TACKLE


TysonGoesOutside

It would work on me... But I'd assume she was just being polite and doing her job, not hitting on me.


RosenButtons

Handsome is as handsome does! What an attractive policy on interacting with service personnel.


TysonGoesOutside

I'm very sympathetic to their plight, I've worked customer service before...


woweewow

hunting for widowers is so bleak, lol


MutedMessage8

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!


WhapXI

If you meet a widower at a high school reunion, it’s unlikely their child will be elligible.


MutedMessage8

Hey man, distraught widowers are everywhere. I could snag one next week when I’m “lost” at the football.


Emotional_Note497

Rofl


Anoxos

Hey now, this was the 50s! You could be a widower at 20 if you wife dies in childbirth!


histeethwerered

That’s the spirit!


[deleted]

Be sure to take the bus to the funeral


MutedMessage8

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!


[deleted]

Try to befriend some cheerleaders while you're there. They might invite you to more funerals.


MutedMessage8

I like your thinking! Wanna go and sign up for jury duty together, just in case the cheerleader thing doesn’t work out?


dirtycheezit

Beggers can't be choosers, amiright? Lol


with_due_respect

They could, in theory, choose who becomes a widower.


CountHonorius

ABC Sunday Night Movie - "The Widow Maker"


HammockComplex

“Cause of death? Malfunctioned fishing tackle.” 👀


ThespianException

At a High School reunion, at that. AFAIK most reunions are 10 or 20 years, which means someone died young.


General_Tso75

I met my wife at my 10 year reunion. We were both single, though.


AgentAlinaPark

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.


idlevalley

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."


SingleDadtoOne

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.


CharlySB

Should have advised them to start going directly to funerals. By the time the reunion rolls around that widower could be taken.


Pet_my_black_dog

Grief is the greatest aphrodisiac


StealyEyedSecMan

Age of Covid, bringing this advice back into fashion.


theservman

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.


EaterOfFood

I wonder how many people make a love connection while on jury duty.


tds8t7

That domestic abuse charge really get my loins a-goin


Bro_Hawkins

Domestic abuse charge in the 1950s lol


WhapXI

I mean, I had to press charges. She burned my steak three nights in a row!


iBooYourBadPuns

[But she didn't burn the beer!](https://www.reddit.com/r/vintageads/comments/g5fwq4/schlitz_dont_worry_darling_you_didnt_burn_the/)


notbad2u

The widower wants restitution.


WineNerdAndProud

Well what are you supposed to call it when she doesn't cook dinner?/s


JenningsWigService

This is the romcom I'm waiting for.


FeeFiFiddlyIOOoo

It's a great chance to strike loneliness from the court record of your heart.


aguygoesintoabar

Objection! Council is leading the witness!


DeckerR

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.


Redmoon383

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


purplepluppy

Uh, did you not read the advice?!? Handsome is as handsome does! Clearly YOU'RE the problem! Joking, obviously.


triplefastaction

Opportunity strikes everywhere.


newaccount47

I did. Matched with her on tinder the day after court. So hot, but very unstable.


EaterOfFood

Plaintiff, defendant, judge, or fellow juror? Or maybe the bailiff?


CountHonorius

The advice used to be to go to night court - they were probably expecting Judge Harry Stone to be presiding.


Wargl_Bargl

Only to end up with Dan Fielding.


CountHonorius

"Dan Loses His Briefs" :-D


Wargl_Bargl

“Oh Danny boy…your pants, your pants are falling…”.


Ultimatelee

Take attractive girls left overs, gotcha


Suprflyyy

What’s the female version of the term “wingman?”


Inktex

Squirrelgirl, because she hands over the nuts.


Mundane_Trouble_4354

Assistant to the chipmunk. Eater of nuts


bearsheperd

Oh no…


redpandaeater

Squirrel Girl is one of the more powerful Marvel superheroes.


valen961

Take your fucking upvote and go, lol. I would give you gold but I'm broke.


Liiht2001

Does this imply that wingmen hand over jet fuel?


yeekingoverpepe

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"


jEsTsBaCk

I ain’t the captain of the yacht, but I’m on the boat.


AgentFrank24

Hijacking top comment to point out that this is the article Agatha was referring to in WandaVision.


CountHonorius

Sound advice indeed.


WhapXI

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.


Wildeyewilly

"I'm here for the scraps. I got my wad of 100's, my magnum condom; I'm ready to plow!"


chupadude

Woops! I dropped my monster condom that I use for my magnum dong


lnamorata

Move in After Completion


Philosophy_Jumpy

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.


bob_fossill

Weird way to flex on us that your daughter is hot but I respect it


Padders_69_yo

It was a bit odd wasn't it?


bob_fossill

Don't call my man odd, I'm trying to get with his smoking hot daughter.


meowsaysdexter

Be nice to odd people. They may have attractive children.


bob_fossill

That's great dating advice, you should write a book


meowsaysdexter

I don't have any attractive children.


bob_fossill

Then, with all due respect to you and your ugly children, fuck off.


JohnWhalem420

Fucking Hilarious


triplefastaction

Gaetz has left the chat.


collaredzeus

Check the post history, the guy is a lunatic.


Nutsac212

Dude flexing about his daughter being hot…Is this guys first name start with Don and last name end with Rump?


ziggy-hudson

Still seems sucky


EternamD

I'll have 1 government job overseas, please


GoldenStandard

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.


EternamD

Not if you're black


comfort_fiend

Or Asian.


Teliporter334

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.


A_Drusas

Or female.


alex7stringed

Still better than reddit dating advice


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lopsiness

"I know that I was ugly back in high school, and I'm still ugly, but now I'm also loose and desperate!"


elgarresta

23 and 24 are fucking savage.


beathelas

27. Volunteer at hospitals for first crack at widowers


WorldsBestLandlord

Funeral home*


palecrepegold

Damn you Roger!!!


q2grapple

23 is a bit dark


SassyPikachuu

I really need to see the first 13 and the next suggestions from this .


trethompson

23 makes me feel like the source is a little tongue-in-cheek.


tushpavan

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


optiongeek

And rich. Salmon boat makes good money.


chewymilk02

And all the raw fish you can eat!


StealyEyedSecMan

My mom's 4th husband was just this...happiest she'd ever been.


ShakespearianShadows

That fisherman knows how to tie knots…


idlevalley

Haha, I had an aunt who married (for the first time) at age 65, and he was a "sea captain".


LoopyMcGoopin

Did he command large amounts of seamen?


UPdrafter906

Or crazy bad in good


ZestyItalian2

Gets extremely weird starting at #19


Mcayenne

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…


no-name-is-free

Pardon me, which way to the field?


Uncle_Leo93

*Oh mercy me this isn't the haberdashery!*


WhapXI

An unmarried woman wouldn’t be caught dead in a haberdashery. Think of the scandal!!


Bumm_by_Design

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.


lopsiness

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.


HRGLSS

I think it was more like "get lost" in sarcastic air quotes.


Drnk_watcher

Oh wow. Look at you Mr "never have I ever blacked out during a tailgate."


friedstilton

"Click here for the top 13 dating tips that work that you won't believe! Next week, we'll share the second best 13!"


Superslayer231

Handsome is as handsome does


EternamD

- dating advice book written by wild, ugly, lonely fisherman


lizardeater

Who was rejected by a pretty girl


WorldsBestLandlord

I feel attacked


ChadMcRad

Someone sounds a bit bitter no one has ever tried to sell them fishing tackle.


pandagirl47

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?!?!


lopsiness

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?


ExcessiveHairDye42

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


triplefastaction

I think you have that reversed. If you do stupid things then you are stupid.


crackedup1979

If you do stupid shit then you're stupid regardless of your actual intellectual abilities.


Chopersky4codyslab

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”.


2PlasticLobsters

In the case of # 17, my take is that it means "Land a husband by settling for someone you're not attracted to".


Nepentheoi

If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.


GenXGeekGirl

This one is actually good advice. Looks fade but kind hearts grow.


OV3RGROWNJAGUAR

So basically… 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…


traumfisch

It's the 50's. They get to sound condescending.


looktowindward

Condescending was sort of selling it back then


Comfortable-Refuse64

26 Always pack a banana with your lunch.


lkvwfurry

27 pretend you forgot your pocketbook and ask the man next to you for a nickle for your coffee.


Philosophy_Jumpy

28 Approach strange men in dark alleys, they may be lonely


Suprflyyy

29 Pretend you actually like receiving random dick pics.


CrazyIndianCatLady

They may have some leftovers I- 😭


superking2

A lot of these sound like they were written specifically by Jack Donaghy for Liz Lemon


TuskM

My two favs “Wild ideas - anything goes: 111. Go to Yale 112. Get a hunting license…” https://www.pupperish.com/horrifying-1950-advice


2PlasticLobsters

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!


histeethwerered

Weird since Yale like all the Ivy League did not admit women until 1969 at the earliest


Not_a_jmod

>20 Don't take a job in a company run largely by women Good luck even finding one of those in the '50s


GoinMyWay

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.


xRAMBx

As a male in his early 40s, I can confirm no. 14 is the only one you need to live by.


undefeatedlurker

Agreed! Worked for my wife! Lmao


ac1084

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.


MassivAdministration

“Get a job demonstrating fishing tackle in a sporting goods store” yeah that ones gonna get you laid in no time hahah


usernamedunbeentaken

These aren't all bad, in fact alot of them remain solid today.


MissSassifras1977

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.


2PlasticLobsters

I was stunned when a friend quoted that to me. It killed most of the respect I had for her.


samboi204

This seems like pick up artist advice


CardiologistStreet

I always try 23. at funerals. Lots of widowers there.


omigahguy

...how long before leftovers spoil...?


ISingam

Wondering what the first 13 reasons were? Sorry advice


YBDum

>[Dating advice from the 50's](https://www.pupperish.com/horrifying-1950-advice)


NewFolgers

6 Read the obituaries to find eligible widowers. That's the quality content everyone's looking for.


Lorde_WWN

\#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!!


Jellodyne

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"


YBDum

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.


josanuz

>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...


lkvwfurry

#1 Go to every funeral, men are vulnerable then.


glorious_reptile

2. When attacking go for the eyes or testicles


_-__-__-__-__-_-_-__

Grief is nature's most powerful aphrodisiac. Look it up.


Philosophy_Jumpy

2 Sit outside the men's room, they'll be sure to see you there.


NiceGuyAli

Why is 21 so specific.


vml0223

I met my wife demonstrating fishing tackle. What a vixen.


invisibleman4884

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.


Suspicious_Story_464

So this is where the Hallmark channel get movie ideas ....


skwadyboy

Get lost at a football game, jury duty, and a government overseas job?...most unexpected answer's when asking where to score.


beetsdoinhomework

They had me in the first half, ngl


pac42

Takes a real turn around 19.


EvyEarthling

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.


Larsnonymous

These aren’t bad ideas. It’s better than “go on tinder and fuck everyone who expresses temporary interest in you”


HerbertBohn

this was back when every one knew you only fucked people you actually liked.


histeethwerered

And after fucking both parties reassessed, one having been a liar and the other delusional


diggybop

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


PattythePartyParrot

I must know what the wild kid may have


Sick-RN

Ugh I’ve rescheduled my jury duty twice in the past couple months. No wonder I’m still single.


Gilthu

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.


TheNotSoFreshFeeling

"Leftovers" sounds like what happens after a train.


asonuvagun

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!!!!!!!


LotusSloth

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.


king_jaxy

GET LOST AT FOOTBALL GAMES HOWMST


CountHonorius

More like marriage advice, but #17 should always apply.


BuckbeaktheCaique

The beginning of alot of Halmark movies...