'Smile': Book From 1950 Shares Hilarious 'Tips To Look After Your Husband'

An excerpt from a book published in 1950 sharing "tips to look after your husband," which includes advising women to be quiet and take off a man's shoes, has been met with hilarity online.

The extract, which was shared across Reddit last week, is from a Home Economics Book, and summarizes the key points in 10 handy tips.

They are: have dinner ready, prepare yourself, clear away the clutter, prepare the children, minimize all noise, make him comfortable, listen to him, and make the evening his.

They also share "the don'ts," which include not greeting him with problems and complaints. The book stressed: "Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day."

And ultimately they shared "the goal," which is "to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit."

According to the book, dutiful wives should lend an ear to their husbands, as it stresses "let him talk first."

Tidying up the house and children is necessary, as is having a "cool or warm drink ready," and be sure to "arrange his pillows and offer to take off his shoes."

And the evening should be about him, saying: "Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other [illegible] of entertainment.

"Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to come home and relax."

In order to be relaxing, women should try and talk in a "low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice," but be sure to be engaging as his "boring day may need a lift."

Some other highlights advise women to take pride in their appearance saying: "Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking."

Creating a calming atmosphere is also key, as wives should "eliminate all noise of the washer, drier dishwasher or vacuum." This also includes children, who should be scrubbed and presented, while wives should strive to greet husbands with a "warm smile."

The post, captioned "they don't make em like they used to," was uploaded to Reddit's Funny forum on Sunday, and can be seen here, where it's since amassed more than 10,000 upvotes and comments.

Over the decades it's resurfaced and been shared across numerous sites, as people hotly debated the tips in comparison to modern society.

Ptony_oliver pointed out: "'Try to understand his world of strain and pressure.' Great! Nowadays this applies to every single person in the world. Equality works."

  • Have dinner ready
  • Prepare yourself
  • Clear away the clutter
  • Prepare the children
  • Minimize all noise
  • Make him comfortable
  • Listen to him
  • Make the evening his

Whatever_happens27 joked: "Hold on let me send this to my wife..." Rancangkota thought: "There must be an equivalent 'how to treat your wife'." Altruistic_Piano_259 commented: "Hahaha that made me chuckle." Aira_Key wrote: "Instructions unclear, husband stuck in the dishwasher."

Some people felt part of it was still applicable, as Theo_Stormchaser said: "I feel like this could go both ways and lead to a good relationship."

While Amazing_Carry42069 wrote: "This is STILL good advice, but do it for each other no matter who your partner is. Everyone should get this treatment!"

Times have changed considerably since the 1950s, when the nuclear family was the ideal. A higher proportion of Americans were married, with the census that year showing 66.6 per cent of people over 14 years of age were married.

By the end of the decade, in 1960, that figure had risen to 67.4 per cent. In comparison, the 2021 census revealed with percentage of adults living with a spouse was just 50 per cent, a drop of two per cent over the last decade.

File photo of a 1950s housewife.
File photo of a 1950s housewife. A book from that year has shared hilarious tips to look after a husband. George Marks/Getty Images