Update: Bruce notes in comments that Snopes says it’s likely fabricated but still expresses many such sentiments common at that time.
Via the Stephanie Miller show I heard this 1955 guide to marriage, written for the then modern women, I guess? Anyway, it is hilarious. A few side-splitter excepts below the fold:
- Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal (Especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
- Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
- Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
- Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife will always know her place.
You could basically take that list and win any How to Lose a Woman in Five Minutes contest.