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Woodrow Wilson on the Make

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No escape from the media, even in 1915, as President Wilson courts Edith Galt.

Original photo here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 25, 2015 | Comments (0)
Category: Government, Politics, Husbands, Wives, 1910's, Cars

Nagging as divorce cause

The 1947 case of DeWaal vs. DeWaal established nagging as legitimate grounds for divorce (in Nebraska). I assume this was before the availability of no-fault divorce. (A quick google search reveals that Nebraska only adopted a no-fault divorce law in 1972.)

Note that Mrs. DeWaal argued that her husband was at fault (and not herself) because he went to motion picture theaters and read "sensational magazines."


(left) The Harrisburg Evening News - Oct 28, 1947; (right) The Lincoln Star - Oct 24, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Lawsuits, Husbands, Wives, 1940's

The Pussy Cat Club

A 1970 report by the British news program Nationwide on a group of housewives who didn't believe in gender equality and thought their proper role was to pamper and serve their husbands.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 15, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Wives, 1970's

Mt. Rainier Practical Joke

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A most excellent prank.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1980's, Pranks

Can-Fed Husbands


Shamokin News-Dispatch - Apr 1927


From Songs of a Housewife, by Marjorie Rawlings. It's an odd book of poetry, recording in verse all the various complaints and problems of 1920's housewives, such as husbands who complained about being given canned food.

Available at Amazon, which gives the following, fuller description of it:

This charming collection of poems that Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) wrote in the 1920s were so popular that they appeared one-a-day in a New York newspaper for two full years. Organized by task, the poems graphically depict the life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window) with wisdom and humor. In the days before convenience stores and microwaves, Rawlings reminds us of the horror of having company show up with nothing fixed to feed them. Or in a more timeless vein, the disdain a harried mother feels for the neighbor who has all her Christmas shopping done and wrapped early.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Wives, Poetry, 1920's

Bobbitt v2.0h NO!

Taking her lead from the famed Mrs. Bobbit, Mrs. Feng Lung of China not only counted coup once but snuck into the hospital to redo the act a second time.

The UPI has all the details but, alas, has omitted the instruction manual. Maybe Fiskars has something you ladies may find helpful.
Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Jan 15, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Genitals

His wife was his aunt

I can't quite figure out what dentist Jeffrey Gordon was up to. Was the plan to annul his marriage in order to remarry his wife to make their marriage fully legal? That's what I'm assuming. The law legalizing marrying your aunt-by-marriage must not have been retroactive. But evidently his wife didn't fully trust him. So there must have been more to the story.
Source: The Paris Texas News - Sep 29, 1960.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 18, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Family, Husbands, Wives, 1960'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

The Relaxed Wife

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Husbands, Wives, 1950's

John and Mary Newlywed

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In 1925 and 1926, Popular Science featured the antics of "John and Mary Newlywed," a young married couple so stupid they did everything wrong around the house. In the instance above from March 1926, John and Mary--despite having perfected anti-gravity as attested to by the unsupported car--are about to blow themselves up and smother themselves with gas fumes.

I regret the Newlyweds did not have a longer run. They would have been the Gallant-less Goofuses of the hobbyist set.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 11, 2014 | Comments (20)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1920's, Goofs and Screw-ups
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