As a 1930s Wife, I Score Poorly

My Score: 36

As a 1930s wife, I am

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I’m a good hostess, even to unexpected guests and I am sympathetic – liking both children and unfortunates. However, I sometimes insist on driving when husband is along, I fail to sew on buttons or darn socks regularly, and fail to wash the top of the milk bottle before opening it.

And what’s worse is that I often make evening engagements without consulting my husband. June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson, and Margaret Anderson would be outraged, I’m sure…

housewifeI might as well also confess that I never wear pearls, am hardly ever impeccably dressed, and no longer even own a pair of high heels.

The fun online test I took is based on a 1939 marital rating scale for wives created by George W. Crane, Ph.D., M.D., marriage counselor, and newspaper columnist. There’s also a rating scale for husbands. I suspect I’d score higher on that online quiz, but I didn’t bother to try it.

Flickr user, Tiabla, has scanned images of both charts and has posted there here. They’re extremely entertaining, actually.

The scale scores are based on merits and demerits. So if you slow up a card game with chatter and gossip – expect a demerit. And if you frequently exceed your allowance or family budget, expect 5!

But if you write often and lovingly when away from your husband you gain a merit. And if you react with pleasure and delight to marital congress – expect 10 merits!

If you’re interested, you can take the test here and see how you score. Just be sure the seams in your hose aren’t crooked before you begin. That’s a demerit.

Interesting side-note: RCA introduced America’s first consumer TVs at the New York World’s Fair that same year (1939).

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