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Wife plugged in to alarm clock

Sounds to me like Anna Hindman had good cause for wanting to divorce her husband, namely a) his belief that 4 hours sleep is all anyone needs, and b) wiring her bed to shock her every 4 hours to prevent her from sleeping longer than that.

But according to the news reports, she eventually forgave him and withdrew her divorce petition — after he got rid of the "shocking machine." And it sounds like they remained married for the rest of their lives... if the Anna Hindman in this obituary is the same person (which it must be, because all the names/dates match up).

Anna Louise Hindman, 74, of Rogersville passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Springfield. Anna was born on July 8, 1938 in Springfield to Eulan and Olive (Turner) Bussard. She was married to Michael J. Hindman on July 17, 1953 and he preceded her in death on December 15, 2004. She was an accomplished roller skater, both figure and racing and performed for President Truman. She had her pilots license and enjoyed flying and riding motorcycles with her husband.




Sources: Kansas City Times: Feb 27, 1960; Mar 10, 1960.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Divorce, Marriage, 1960's

Deformed nipples as grounds for divorce

An Australian man has explained that when he discovered his wife had "deformed" nipples — which he only discovered two years after they got married in 1972 because it took that long before he saw her undressed — that was when he knew he wanted out of the marriage, but he stayed with her out of a sense of duty, and they proceeded to have 3 children together before finally separating in 2011. But for the sake of deciding how to divide up joint assets, he feels the marriage should be considered to have ended in 1974, at the moment of the nipple disfigurement discovery. The judge, however, didn't buy the argument. [stuff.co.nz]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Divorce, Marriage

Jail-Jamas

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Original ad here. (Page 2)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Stupid Criminals, Marriage, 1950's

Marital Bliss


Source: The Coshocton Tribune - Mar 20, 1937
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Marriage, 1930's

Wedding foiled by scream

About a year ago I posted about a wedding at which the bridegroom dropped dead of a heart attack right after saying "I do." I thought that had to qualify as one of the worst weddings ever, but this one is pretty bad also. As reported in the Chicago Tribune - Sep 21, 1907.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Marriage, 1900's, Screams, Grunts and Other Exclamations, Weddings

Follies of the Madmen #228



The cliche is: Swedes know everything about coffee--and sex. So that household should be a happy one, with busybody Mrs. Olson supervising the kitchen and, offstage, the bedroom.

Husband For Sale

1935: Mary Ann and Fred Cordes weren't doing too well with their marriage. But instead of just getting a divorce, like normal people, they (well, it was mostly Mary Ann's idea) hatched a plan to sell Fred for $1500 to any woman willing to buy him. Mary Ann hoped to use the money to travel to Ireland, her childhood home.

I don't know how their plan turned out. It's one of those stories that never got a follow-up in the press. But I can't imagine women were lining up to pay $1500 to acquire "all the rights" to a 40-year-old unemployed ice-cream maker.


Time - Aug 26, 1935


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Aug 14, 1935
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 06, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Divorce, Marriage, 1930's

Look for the Sanforized label!

From Life magazine - Sep 15, 1941:


JULIA: Gk-gk-stop choking me, you brute!
GEORGE: I've been choking all day in a shrunk-up shirt because you forgot to look for the right label.
JULIA: What label?
GEORGE: The 'Sanforized' label, dumb-puss. The one that says the fabric won't shrink more than a little 1% by standard tests.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 23, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Advertising, Marriage, 1940's

Conjugal Duels

From Charles Harper, Revolted Woman: Past, Present, and to Come (1894):

In Germany, during mediaeval times, domestic differences were settled by judicial duels between man and wife, and a regular code for their proper conduct was observed. 'The woman must be so prepared,' so the instructions run, 'that a sleeve of her chemise extend a small ell beyond her hand like a little sack: there indeed is put a stone weighing iii pounds; and she has nothing else but her chemise, and that is bound together between the legs with a lace. Then the man makes himself ready in the pit over against his wife. He is buried therein up to the girdle, and one hand is bound at the elbow to the side.'


The images of the conjugal duelists come from Hans Talhoffer's Fechtbuch, 1467 (plates 242-250). [Via Wondermark]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 04, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: History, Husbands, Wives, Marriage

Bob’s Birthday

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 24, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Marriage, Humor, Cartoons, 1990's
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