“Dont appear to… surpass your husband in intelligence… Keep him in the dominant position to help him feel needed and adequate as the leader”
-Fascinating Womanhood, 1963
“This act of blowing out birthday candles is a vile one. From now on supply yourself with a snuffer.”
-Manners for Millions, 1950
“Excitement of the sexual system is a necessary consequence of the glances lovers bestow upon each other and is injurious to the nervous system if it occurs frequently.”
-The Mother’s Guide and Daughter’s Friend, 1890
“It is good to cast water in the face of him that hath the hiccups.”
-Regiment of Lyfe, 1553
“Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit in your lap. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say goodnight. Shake hands with them in the morning.”
-Psychological Care of Infant and Child, 1928
“Duck and cover.”
-1950’s safety strategy for nuclear attack
“Almost anything you like can be rolled in bacon, oven- or pan-broiled and served on picks.”
-500 Tasty Snacks: Ideas for Entertaining, 1949
Thanks to O magazine for these hilarious snippets of advice. Although, I think the last one is probably still true!
GO with love.