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 - Wed Aug 06, 2014
     Category: Divorce | Marriage | 1930s

She overpriced him!
$1,500 of 1935 dollars would be worth: $25,862.07 in 2014!
:lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/06/14 at 09:12 AM
I got $26,000 from my search. That was more than a block of houses!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/06/14 at 09:15 AM
How about the husband who trades his forty year old wife for two twenties?
Posted by KDP on 08/06/14 at 10:47 AM
Tried that.... It doesn't work.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/06/14 at 10:48 AM
Wow! Selling a green card even back then!
Not sure what immigration law was likein those days, but in 2014 people sell green cards (via marriage) for 50K. So I'm told.

The $1500 was not the value of the husband. The $1500 was to be established in New York, and with a "husband" in order to be respectable -- as opposed to showing up in NYC and not knowing anybody which could lead to a life of "sin" (prostitution).
Posted by GirlGeniusNYC on 08/06/14 at 11:38 AM
We'll just keep spicing up our mundane lives with a little occasional swapping 😉 Right Patty ? Hehehehehe
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 08/06/14 at 05:33 PM
Swapping what?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/06/14 at 07:37 PM
Is It Stories? I bet it's Stories cause Patty has the best stories!
Come on BD you can tell me, Is it stories? :wow: 😉
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/06/14 at 09:31 PM
@Tyrusguy ... she has one of the sexiest phone voices you will ever hear. She could be one of those "ladies" you call at 3am and not Jake from State Farm.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 08/07/14 at 02:46 AM
@ BD, I know, RIGHT! And she's one of the nicest persons I've ever spoken to! 😊 :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/07/14 at 08:53 AM
Greedy. My wife would swap me for a bag of groceries.
Posted by Harvey on 08/08/14 at 11:30 AM
I checked on prices in 1935. A Ford V-8 four door was $495 & a average house was $6,300. $1,500 per year was a good wage if you had a job.
Posted by BMN on 08/08/14 at 03:08 PM
Awww you guys are sooo sweet! 💋 💋
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/08/14 at 07:04 PM
As Bruce Willis says in Die Hard "I am an asshole but not a total dick" .. that's me !
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 08/08/14 at 08:28 PM
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