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Median Age at First Marriage
  Men Women
197023.2 20.8
197123.1 20.9
197223.3 20.9
197323.2 21.0
197423.1 21.1
197523.5 21.1
197623.8 21.3
197724.0 21.6
197824.2 21.8
197924.4 22.1
Source:  US Census: Estimated Median Age at First Marriage, by Sex: 1890 to the Present

Married Life in the '70s

Dear Abby's Ten Commandments For Wives
    As of 1973, that is...
  1. Defile not thy body neither with excessive foods, tobacco, nor alcohol. That thy days may lie long in the house which thy husband provided for thee.
  2. Putteth thy husband before thy mother, thy father, thy daughter, and thy son. for he is thy lifelong companion.
  3. Thou shall not nag.
  4. Permit no one to tell thee that thou art having a hard time of it; neither thy mother, thy sister, nor thy neighbor, for the Judge will not hold her guiltless who letteth another disparage her husband.
  5. Thou shall not withhold affection from thy husband, for every man loveth to be loved.
  6. Forget not the virtue of cleanliness and modest attire.
  7. Forgive with grace, for who among us does not need forgiveness?
  8. Remember that the frank approval of thy husband is worth more to thee than the admiring glances of a hundred strangers.
  9. Keep thy home in good order, for out of it cometh the joys of thy old age.
  10. Honor the lord thy God all the days of thy life, and thy children will rise up and call thee blessed.

"The Rev. Henry G. performed the double - ring ceremony, and music was presented by Mrs. Paula G., organist. Miss Karen H. of A. attended the bride as maid of honor and wore a gown of mint green dotted Swiss accented with embroidery at the empire waistline. A matching picture hat completed her costume. She carried a nosegay of pink, green and white baby chrysanthemums.

Eddy P. of O. served Mr. Jones as best man, and ushers were Mike A. of A. and David B. of B. M..

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an aisle length gown of white satin organza. The empire bodice of lace was fashioned with high scalloped neckline and long sheer sleeves ending in scalloped lace cuffs.

The A-line skirt was bordered with lace and formed a chapel train. Her fingertip veil of illusion was attached to a Juliet cap of lace and pearls. She carried a cascade bouquet of white orchids.

A reception at the church followed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Jones will reside in A.1972 - love is dressing up for each other
1972 - "love is... dressing up for each other"


1970s Romance, Dating, Marriage & Divorce

1970's Style Date - Man in Jumpsuit

<<==1970's Style Date


Best Way to
Meet a Man*

All  Women

Mutual friend50
Social organization22
Public place7
Business office6
Dating bureauLess than 1
Don't know6
* 1977 Survey of 1,030 American women who, as part of a randomly selected probability sample, were asked "Of the following, which is the best way for a woman to meet a man?"

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Vent or Share!

Video Services Match Singles With Dates

A TV DATING service works like this:

  1. First there's an interview at the service which includes questions about your age, interests and what age group you'd like to meet.
  2. Then an interview with you is recorded on videotape. This interview, generally five minutes long, might include some questions about
    interests, likes and dislikes and sometimes some off the cuff questions like:
    • Have you ever been in love?
    • Are you affectionate?
    • Are you a good lover?
    • What do you think about women's liberation?
    • What do you like to do on a date?
    • What do you like in a person you would
      go out with?
  3. These questions are designed to get answers which will tell a potential date what you are like your personality and since everything shows on TV, what you look like physically.

With a televised preview beforehand, there are no blind dates!

1970 Cartoon - The Little Woman by Don Torin, July 7th 1970
The Little Woman by Don Torin
The Chronicle Telegram - July 7th, 1970 Elyria, Ohio

1976 Expectations, Inflation Strain Contemporary Marriages Of Today

"Divorce," writes author psychiatrist David Reuben, "is like a shoot-out between Siamese twins - no matter what happens, both parties become casualties." With almost one out of two marriages ending in divorce, some believe that marriage has entered the growing list of "disposable" institutions in modern society. Yet experts believe in many cases divorce can be avoided. "It doesn't have to be that way," they say.

In a two-part report on "The Marriage Game," the February "Readers' Digest" examines some of the problems - and solutions - in contemporary marriage.

FOR INSTANCE, independent, single adults frequently find that marriage casts them into dependent roles they haven't encountered since childhood: Men, for instance, depending on women to wake them up, cook for them; and women asking their men for money. They also discover that old - fashioned stereotypes held by their own parents sometimes intrude upon their marriage. There are similarities in marriage and parent - child relationships, and the winning strategy is to emphasize the positive associations and eliminate the negative ones.

Couples often go into marriage thinking it will solve their problems. "On the contrary," says Dr. Reuben, "marriage simply exchanges old problems for new challenges." His advice: don't expect too much of your marriage, and learn the value of trade-offs - total personal freedom for mutual strength, financial independence for emotional security. Few marriages are perfect; in fact, few people would agree on what a "perfect" marriage is. But marriage does offer both partners a rare opportunity to develop and grow and to find love and fulfillment in each other.

DOES LOVE fly out the window when money problems come in the door? Families across the nation have a first-class chance to find out as the increasing strains of inflation add to existing problems. Wives feel incompetent: they can't manage on the same budget they had a few years ago. Men feel threatened and impotent: they can't provide for the needs of their families. Children feel deprived and neglected: some of their goodies are being denied.

You can deal with these emotional reverberations if you face them squarely. Explain to the children that money doesn't go very far these days. They can understand this fact far better than many parents realize, according to child psychologists. And don't take your worries out on each other. The economic bind isn't anyone's fault.

EL PASO HERALD-POST, Tuesday, February 24, 1976

More Couples Living Together - IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1977

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twice as many unmarried couples are living together now as there were seven years ago in what is a trend among young people who are looking for some housekeeping experience before marriage, the government says.

The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that there were 1.3 million persons shaving 660,000 two-person households with an unrelated adult of the opposite sex.

The report, a population profile of the United Stales as of 19TC, says almost three-quarters of the men and almost half of the women in these homes were under age 45,

"The trend is for more and more young people to set up their own households, usually alone but sometimes with roommates," said Arthur Norton, a population expert who wrote the report.

The report also says America's population has hit 216 million, but is growing at a slightly slower rate than a year ago.

The profile shows the population grew by 1.6 million, or seven-tenths of 1 per cent, from January 1976 to January 1977.

The population increased by eight-tenths of 1 per cent per cent in 1975. Part of that increase was listed as a result of the immigration of 130,000 Vietnamese refugees.

Also, the total fertility rate - the average number of children a woman bears - dropped slightly from 1.80 in 1973 to 1.16 in 1976. This marks the filth year in a row in which the total fertility rate fell to a record low. In 1970 the total fertility rate was 2.4.

Ironwood Daily Globe - Ironwood, Michigan, Wednesday, May 4, 1977.

Zeitgeist: On Romance & Dating... err.. Divorcing

  • Dating Part Of Growing Up
  • In 1970, the median age of first marriage for women was not quite 21.
  • Divorce used to be a social stigma. By 1975 it was a way of life. That year divorces in the United States passed the one-million mark for the first time in history, and continued to rise. 1977
  • Divorce Rate - At 5 divorces per 1,000 population in May, 1977, the divorce rate was far above any other country.
  • Marriage Rate -  The marriage rate dropped from 11 per thousand in 1972 to 9.9 per thousand this year. 1977
  • "No-fault laws mean spouses no longer have to wash their dirty linen in public. You no longer have to be branded as a wife beater or an adulterer or adulteress." 1977
  • Shacking Up - The number of unmarried persons living together has almost doubled to 2 million during the 1970s, and America's soaring divorce rate still is the highest in the world.

1970s Style Wedding Dress

1970s style wedding dress from newspaper advertisement.


Portrait of a 70s Bride

(1971) The bride was wearing a floor length gown of organza and Chantilly lace. The empire bodice topped a redingote skirt accented with lace. Scalloped lace formed the bateau neckline. The full bishop sleeves were cuffed in lace. Chantilly lace bordered the attached chapel length train. A scalloped princess crown of seed pearls secured the elbow length veil of English illusion trimmed with lace and the butterfly blusher. The bridal bouquet was an arrangement of white carnations and baby roses. The matron of honor was Mrs.  and bridesmaids were the Misses Glenda G. and Dolores H. They were identically gowned with the bodices of off-white satin topping floor length skirts of light green floral brocade. A contrasting green velvet ribbon encircled the waistline and ended with a bow and long sash in back. Their headpieces of gathered tulle were caught by a front bow made of the same velvet ribbon used on the gown. The bridal attendants carried bouquets of white carnations.

ENGAGED Mr. and Mrs. ...of Corning have announced the engagement of their daughter, ... A summer wedding is being planned by the couple. 
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