Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's day is over! Get back to work!

From May, 1955.

Put down the club, honey, I'm just joking. Really. Now put it down.

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36 comments:

JoAnna said...

Snopes has an interesting article about that graphic.

CrownedwithVictory said...

Keep a little club soda on hand at all times to settle his stomach after a stressful day at work. As a plus, the soda can dissolve those pesky lipstick stains you keep finding on his collars.

terri c said...

Well, that's awful 16 ways to Sunday but I have to admit I like the 3rd bullet point, "Be a little gay..."

Debra said...

Wow. Just... wow.

Anonymous said...

I especially like #3.

Anonymous said...

You do like to live dangerously.

So, I work more hours away from home than my husband (and earn more money). Do you think turn about is fair play?

Kim Kasch said...

I want that good wife to take care of my needs

Street Philosopher said...

Good sir...next time Mrs. Grumpy reads the blog, I will pray for your safety. I agree, hilarious. And, really ridiculous. Alas, us menfolk can laugh, while the ladies always have to prove themselves to society.

Like I said, good luck Doc Grumpy. Thanks for bloggin.

Captcha: peevi

me said...

LMAO!!! I'd seen this before, but not in a long while ~
thanks for the laugh!!!

Mrs Flobster said...

All is not as it appears. Notice how the freshly spiffed-up darling little kiddos savagely scuffle over Dad's briefcase. They're trying to glom his pack of Lucky Strikes.

The Guide may be apocryphal, but we all want to know who made those underlines on the copy, don't we.

More awesomeness from the advertising archives (including the original of the 'Good Wife' illustration) here.

(Captcha: "Whumsa". As in: "When Dr G unwisely gave Mrs G the 'Good Wife's Guide,' she went all Whumsa on his ass."

Anonymous said...

Will someone please tell me where I can find a woman like this?

AlexDreamz said...

My MIL actually HAS A COPY OF THIS!!!!!! She showed it to me once and I asked her how she kept from choking to death the first time she read it! lol

Albinoblackbear said...

So even in the 50's men wanted their wives to be a little bit gay to keep things interesting.

Gotta run, I need to put a ribbon in my hair and run a dust cloth over the tables before Tobie gets home from school...

Kalieris said...

I think my ex-husband had this tattooed on the inside of his eyelids. Hence, "ex."

Anonymous said...

there is a man who lives a life of danger.....

Anonymous said...

Its not such a bad comment (on the 1955 instruction). Everyone should know their job expectations-requirements (their place).
The husband in 1955 assumed to be employed, had to take CRAP from the boss to keep his job. Just like today.
If the husband was making money, taking out the garbage etc. He knew his place and fulfilled his role in the family.
That phrase works for both husband and wife.
Get pissed off at Capitalism if you don't know/like your place.

lightning said...

Will someone please tell me where I can find a woman like this?


Try the clone vats of Alpha Centauri. No place around here that I know of.

Kim said...

Anon 6:36 uhhh....yeah. You live in your Mom's basement don't you?

I'd read this a long time ago online. Ironically enough, the next day I went out to the shooting range for some 9mm practice. I got expert that day....

Amandalou said...

Wow, what doucherocket wrote this?

The Mother said...

And she hasn't murdered you yet?

Better check that life insurance policy.

Anonymous said...

"Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup, soon he will walk through the door....

Just because there's a ring on your finger doesn't mean not to try anymore.

Wives should always be lovers, too, run to his arms whenever he comes home to you..."

And that song was on the radio much more recently than this guide was published!

Makes me sad that I went to college and was in the Army and all that when I COULD'A been a Stepford Wife if I'd JUST been born sooner...

Pattie, RN

Rothase said...

Hey Dr. Grumpy, when was Prozac invented (Valium wasn't until the 1960s, yes?)? Because these 1955 women must be on buckets of it. Mother's little helper!

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Prozac was 1987.

Frantic Pharmacist said...

Damn, I ran out of ribbons to put in my hair....

Kim said...

They drank a lot back in the '50s. My MIL gave me the straight poop when I asked her how she handled life back then. (In the mid 1950's my FIL was military, she was home alone with my SIL in El Paso, TX away from friends and family) She smiled and said that when her husband came home, he made her a Manhattan. Cocktail hour was a nightly ritual for them.

Tanya said...

Here's the rebuttal, writtenby Judy Syfers: I want a wife!

terri c said...

Yes, I remember, I was a kid in the 50s and cocktails were a very big deal. For adults that is!

wv: singl and happy about it!

Anonymous said...

I fear for your safety Dr Grumpy.

Mark p.s.2 said...

re : before Valium question
Amphetamines
Amphetamine psychosis LINK
Why is this woman tied? Advert for Dexedrine

Old MD Girl said...

I thought before valium were barbiturates?

Texas Pharmacy Chica said...

The part I really don't like in this essay is the Orwellian overtones. The husband takes the role of Big Brother and will notice a fleck of dust or dirty little finger and actually CARE about it enough to lower his opinion of his wife because of it. The wife is stressed out over all these fanthom job requirements and the husband is stressed out over having to be this Larger-than-Life persona that really pushes him away from being emotionally attached to anyone in his household. I can't imagine anyone actually being happy......

Now, where is that cage of rats?????

ERP said...

I am totally going to send that to my wife. Wait, does this apply if she makes more than me?

Anonymous said...

Just reading that list pisses me off.

manixter said...

I believe miltown was the drug of choice then...

19lt70 said...

Quite honestly, there are quite a few things on this list I really aspire to. You know what? It really helps! I think that, all joking aside, if more wives were like this, more marriages would be happier. Secretly, there are many men who would love just half of this stuff from their wives on even a weekly basis.True, huh, most of you husbands out there?

Eve said...

19lt70, maybe more marriages would be happier if more husbands were like this. D'ya ever think of that?

Secretly, there are many women who would love just half of this stuff from their husbands on even a weekly basis. True, huh, most of you wives out there?

 
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