1951 Husband Hunting

McCalls magazine published a 7 page story titled “Wanted – a Husband” in the their┬áSeptember 1951 issue. The writer focused on a coed attending Newcomb college in New Orleans during the Korean War.

Following are excerpts from that article.

“Sara Woods, a college sophomore, has one great ambition; to be happily married. it’s an ambition she shares with most nineteen-year-old girls – and, like them, she is finding her prospects threatened by the demands of the armed forces for more young men.”

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“High on the deck of their dormitory, where boys can’t seem them, Sara and her friends finish studying. Her curlers will come out at 6:00 when Sara dresses for Sigma Chi Sweetheart party, which starts at 8:00.”

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“A classmate is engaged, and Sara and her friends glow with excitement and envy. As a result of the draft, a fifth of Sara’s class at Newcomb is engaged or ‘engaged to be engaged’.”

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“Sara Woods isn’t forcing the issue, but like her friends, she wants a ring on her finger before all the boys go to work for Uncle Sam.”

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