Thursday, November 13, 2008

1955 Housewife

I got this in an email and realized I probably would not make a very good housewife in the 1950s. This article has many things that are quite helpful for a modern 1955 woman like...

*Have dinner ready, plan ahead, even the night before to have a wonderful dinner hot a ready for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking of him and have been waiting all day for his homecoming.

*Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make up, put a ribbon in your hair, look your best. He has just a hard a hard day at work.

*Clean up the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before he arrives.

*Gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers etc. then run a dust cloth over the table.

*Over the cooler months you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

*Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children hands and face. Comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them to play the part.

*Be happy to see him.

*Greet him with a warm smile and show your desire to please him. (oh my)

*Arrange his pillows and offer to take off his shoes. (seriously, he can't take them off himself?)

*Do not ask him questions about his actions. Remember he is the master of the house and you have no right to question him.

*A good wife always knows her place. (ha!)
This article was printed in Housekeeping Monthly on May 13, 1955. Its is amazing how this could have been something that a woman might have read 50 years ago to see how to act in life and considered doing it!!


  1. Please prepare a fire for me tonight. If I happen to come home at all tonight, I'd like it to be ready. Dinner should also be hot and on the table, although, again, I'm not sure I'll be home.

  2. hilarious... especially John's comment! ha ha!


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