• 129 ways to get a husband

A 1958 magazine article called '129 ways to get a husband' is sending the internet into meltdown

An article called '129 ways to find a husband' has gone viral, and it's as hilarious as it is horrifying.

At the time the article was published in McCall's magazine in 1958, there were around 16 million unmarried women in the United States, and judging by the advice offered in this editorial, we wouldn't be surprised if most of them stayed single for eternity.

Under the section 'How to let him know you're there', there is such advice as 'Carry a hatbox', 'Wear a band aid. People always ask what happened,' and 'Get a job demonstrating fishing tackle in a sporting goods shop.'

The latter isn't the only 'career' advice listed in the name of finding a husband. Readers are also encouraged, 'Don't take a job in a company run largely by women', and 'Get a part time job in a convention bureau'. 

As for where to find him, women are urged to have their cars break down 'in strategic places', take up golf and, we kid you not, 'Read the obituaries for eligible widowers'.

It's a far cry from Cosmopolitan, and while some of the advice is hilarious ('Stumble when you walk into a room that he's in'), other tips really do make the mind boggle. We're looking at you, number 40 ('Stand in a corner and cry softly. Chances are good that he'll come over to find out what's wrong.')

We're still waiting for someone to come forward and claim this as an April Fool, but if it really is true, it's the best proof we'll ever need that times have changed for smart single women (and men!).


Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.