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Rate your husband/wife... 1930s style

American Psychological Association test gave you chance to score spouse on 50 negative and positive areas.

Happy families? Mom, dad and kids listen to the wireless in 1933.
Happy families? Mom, dad and kids listen to the wireless in 1933.
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HUSBANDS, WIVES: Know your place.

Thanks to The Huffington Post for reminding us of the comprehensive – if completely outdated – ‘scientific’ test put together by US psychologist George W. Crane in 1939 to test a couple’s compatibility.

The test was republished and analysed in 2008 by the American Psychological Association but it’s always worth a read. Those of a sensitive nature may wish not to read further; among the ‘demerits’ listed for wives is:

  • Doesn’t like children
  • Wears red nail polish
  • Puts her cold feet on husband at night to warm them

‘Merits’ a wife might have include:

  • Lets husband sleep late on Sunday and holidays
  • Has meals on time
  • Can play a musical instrument, as piano, violin, etc.

Not that husbands escape the general sweep of the sexist brush. His ‘demerits’ can include:

  • Fails to come to table promptly when meal is ready
  • Leaves dresser drawers open
  • Snores

A husband’s ‘merits’ can include:

  • Leaves car for wife on days she may need it
  • Frequently compliments wife re. looks, cooking, housekeeping, etc.
  • Courteous to wife’s friends.

We’re saying nothing. See part of the test sheets for yourself:

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