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1960: No, You Can’t Let Men Know You’re Interested

Dear Abby advised that it was actually impossible to let a man know you’re interested in him without appearing forward. Even in 1960, I’m fairly sure this wasn’t true. You could always go through your friends, and your friends’ friends.

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1960: We Wear Short Shorts But Only If Hubby Allows

Dear Abby took a turn for the weird in 1960 when she simultaneously told wives to obey their husbands if they didn’t want to wear shorts, and also advised a parent to get her 15-year-old daughter to invite boys to … Continue reading

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1960: First Female Commencement Speaker for WHS

Worthington High School’s first female commencement speaker was Mrs. Frank F. Barker, a "housewife," who spoke in 1960. She was also the county recorder for Polk County, and had a catering service and owned and operated a tea room. Yet "housewife" made … Continue reading

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1960: How to Judge the Value of Your Newspaper

This 1960 Daily Globe house ad was pretty humorous in describing what a mother would be interested in as "fashion… social events… homemaking or a dozen other feminine interests." Next post at 6 p.m.

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1960: You Can’t Get Married In White

In 1960, Dear Abby told a girl who had "made a mistake only once with a man" that she couldn’t wear white at her wedding and suggested she wear pink. So that everyone there would know? Next post at 6 … Continue reading

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1945: Happy Housewife Feeds Smug Husband

This 1945 Rickbeil’s advertisement is typical of ads of its era, featuring a smiling housewife wearing a pristine apron and high heels taking a pan of cookies out of the oven, while a smug-looking male watches and does pretty much … Continue reading

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1960: Air Service to Worthington Celebrated

Air service to Worthington had been around for only a year in 1960, and no, they aren’t calling her a stewardess. She is a hostess. And I wish I could see her hat better, but the ink on the other … Continue reading

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1935: High School Essay Champion Wanted

It’s a home economics essay contest, so of course only the girls were eligible in 1935. I would have a difficult time writing an essay on meat, although it strikes me that the Monty Python "Spam" song might be appropriate at … Continue reading

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1960: Kitchen Telephone Is a Wife’s Greatest Convenience

A greatest convenience of a wife’s time is a kitchen telephone, or at least so this 1960 Worthington Telephone Co. ad assures us. "There isn’t a wife today who couldn’t use the time and energy that’s saved each day by … Continue reading

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1945: An American Housewife’s New Year’s Resolution

An American Housewife’s New Year’s Resolution (for 1945) I, an American housewife in this crucial year of the war, resolve to put forth the greatest effort of which I am capable for victory and a permanent peace. I will buy … Continue reading

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