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Funny Wedding Words of Advice for the Bride in 1942

Updated on December 13, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

A Wish for Your Wedding

This is the title of a little Hallmark booklet with blank pages inside that was utilized during a wedding shower for my husband's mother prior to her wedding.

This was long before my husband appeared as a bouncing baby bundle of joy on the scene.

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The year was 1942 and both the soon-to-become bride and groom had graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy in Des Moines, Iowa.

In fact...that is where these lovebirds met and where romance blossomed.

Who says that pouring over books and test tubes can't be romantic?

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This short little 4 foot 10 1/2 inch cutie was one of few women students studying to become a pharmacist back in that era. In 1942 the pharmacy classes were predominantly male oriented.

Times have certainly changed since then! Today a good percentage of pharmacists (in fact, almost half) are women.

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While there is still a slight pay disparity between men and women practicing the same exact profession (in favor of the men) the income is good and working conditions are generally in air conditioned or heated comfort inside of drug stores or large clinics or hospitals.

It is a very responsible job and in addition to dispensing medications, counseling of patients is an important aspect of what pharmacists regularly do.

Here is her photo from the professional pharmacy sorority Lambda Kappa Sigma at Drake University in 1941.
Here is her photo from the professional pharmacy sorority Lambda Kappa Sigma at Drake University in 1941. | Source

Professional Pharmacy Organizations

There was a professional pharmacy sorority at Drake University of which my future mother-in-law was not only a member, but held the position of president one year. It was called Lambda Kappa Sigma.

The counter-part to that was the professional pharmacy fraternity (Phi Delta Chi) of which her future husband was also a member and who had also held the position of president one year.

An organization to which all pharmacy students automatically belonged was called the Mortar and Pestle. Back in 1941 it was the only organization of its kind with just 2 chapters. Lecturers from various drug houses would regularly address members on subjects relating to pharmacy and medicine.

Of the 30 members at Drake University, only 4 that year were women in the Mortar and Pestle club. A highlight for the 27 members who were able to attend was a trip to Eli Lilly drug house in Indianapolis, Indiana that particular year.

Eli Lilly drug company trip for soon-to-be pharmacists in 1942.

The four women pharmacy students going on that Eli Lilly trip in 1942.  My future mother-in-law is the shortest one!
The four women pharmacy students going on that Eli Lilly trip in 1942. My future mother-in-law is the shortest one! | Source

Where these lovebirds met & studied to become pharmacists:

A markerDrake University, Des Moines, Iowa -
Drake University, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505, USA
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1942 Wedding Words of Advice

This was the marriage advice given to Emma prior to her nuptials.

A selection of the handwritten pages will be shared below (copied in print form) and gives a reference to the thinking back in 1942 when offering sage advice to new brides.

Some of it is humorous and some of the advice would be as good and relevant today as it was back in the 1940s.

Handwritten words of advice to the bride.
Handwritten words of advice to the bride. | Source

Be you own sweet self always and don't work too hard - remember your husband will love you just the same.

Aunt Mary

Positively never get up first in the morning.

Auntie Peg


Don't be afraid to admit your own mistakes. Making up is Lots of Fun.

Dolores

Never talk to the husband about former good times and boy friends - (Maybe this is not new advice.)

Coleen


Be sure your husband makes the fires (if you have any to make.)

Best Wishes Dora (fat Aunty)

Dear Emma Lu,

When Jack comes home be sure and have your self nice and clean and the Beef D. (dinner?) done to a turn like you had when I ate with you.

Grandma Beyer

Streight from my heart to you

Speed all my thoughts and all my love.

And all good wishes added to,

For happiness for you and yours.

Grandma Beyer

Emma and her Grandma Beyer

Labeled "Grandma Beyer and I"
Labeled "Grandma Beyer and I" | Source

Keep your own view points as a friendly little argument spices up life.

Maxine White

Dear Emma,

Always have a smile for Jack when he comes home.

Aunt Dina

Dear Emma,

Don't be to possessive and tie him to your apron strings, also don't henpeck.

Aunt Mildred

Emalou - Remember

It is a 50-50 partnership from now on.

Aunt Ada

Never forget to come to family reunions and keep everyone informed of all additions to the family.

Edith Ver Steegh

P.S. Remember that the Lord has pronounced a blessing on the "Home."

The newlyweds in 1942.
The newlyweds in 1942. | Source

'Til Death Do Us Part'

This budding university romance between two pharmacy students culminated in marriage. But World War 2 was raging and after attending OCS (Officer's Candidate School) in Columbia, South Carolina, Jack was shipped off to England where he worked in a hospital setting.

My future husband had been conceived in South Carolina, was born and was 16 months old before his Dad returned from the war and saw him for the first time.

The very next day, Jack was killed in an auto accident! It was exactly 3 years to the day of their marriage!

My mother-in-law never remarried. The memories and pictures of their shared experiences, while short remained with her always to warm her heart and remained frozen in time.

My husband's parents in 1942
My husband's parents in 1942 | Source


Hope you enjoyed this wedding advice for the bride from the 1942 era. Some of it is funny and some of it is sage. Do you agree?

My husband's father in army officer uniform, 1942
My husband's father in army officer uniform, 1942 | Source

Which of these is the best advice?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      People did work harder on average back then than many do today. Just doing the laundry was more of a chore as compared to today as just one tiny example. Appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      And interesting viewpoint on the history of the times. You know that they had much harder lives than the words reflect but people did not complain as much in those days.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      It is too bad that my husband never got to know his dad as he was growing up (due to his death) but his grandpa became his male role model. Glad you liked some of the advice given brides back in the 1940s. Some of it is humorous! Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O a tragic story included among some 'humorous' but sage (in some cases) advice.

      Keeping track of our family stories is so important I believe. It keeps us connected to where our family came from, the journeys they made.

      Thank you for sharing this article with us...the photos are superb.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

      voted up++++ and shared

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi aesta1,

      So very true! :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wise words of wisdom indeed as we who are married can truly testify.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Stay warm up there. As of 8PM tonight it is still warm outside in Houston. Obviously the predicted cold front has not moved this far south. Thanks for the sharing of this hub.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This could be a fun read with Valentine's Day almost here, and then June, the wedding month not that far behind. Always interesting to look back and see how people did things and especially how they thought years ago.

      Sharing with followers.

      Hope you're going to be in a warm place tonight. Know you're far enough away and far enough south that you don't get a lot of cold weather, but here we're to get down into the low/mid 20s tonight. Just a little too cold for me now that I've been in Texas for so many years.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes the June wedding month for many brides is fast approaching. They might get a kick out of reading the old timey advice given to brides decades ago. Thanks for your comment and the pin.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      With June, the month of weddings just a short way off, this could be good reading for brides to be . . . pinning to Awesome HubPages.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello greeneyedblondie,

      So glad that you enjoyed this. ☺

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      greeneyedblondie 3 years ago

      I thought the "making up can be lots of fun" one. Ha! And I'm not even married.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Some advice spans the ages quite well such as the counting to 10 example. I thought that some of this was cute. Thanks for your comment + share.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Count ten is always good advice! You are building a lovely collection of information and memories for your family. Very smart of you to do it online like this! Voted up, awesome and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatchGals,

      I thought that the advice for a new bride-to-be back in 1942 was cute and some of it was timeless. They certainly did have a short marriage. I am married to their one and only son. Nice to be able to share their story with others. Appreciate your comment.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful hub. The pictures are terrific and the advice in the book is entertaining. How sad that Jack was killed so young. Very romantic.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      My mother-in-law...while not the first woman pharmacist in the U.S. was certainly on the ground breaking side of it. She was a spunky kind of gal and that is stated with love and affection. As to male nurses...we now see many of them in the U.S. and in my opinion it is a good thing. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very beautiful picture of Newly wed couple of 1942. In my country India, we still hardly find any woman pharmacist. Just like we do not find any male nurse in India. Very good hub. Voting up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, it was tragic at the time but my (future) mother-in-law made a good life for her son and herself in the years that followed although she never again married. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      All very interesting and entertaining -- except for a shocking and tragic end! How awful that Jack was killed! Excellent hub as always.

      Voted up, BAI, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie1,

      I guess we all need to live as if each day might be our last...because we never know moment to moment what lies ahead. Thanks for your comment.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      This is a very sad story about your father in law's untimely death the very next day he met his son for the first time. He definitely looked very smart and handsome man.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LaThing,

      Glad that you liked this real life story. My husband grew up having his grandfather be his father image since he obviously did not remember his father having met him only the one day and at such an early age. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jaye,

      My parents got married in 1946 so they were of the same era as your parents. I thought that the wedding advice to the young lady who was later to become my mother-in-law was cute as well as sage. Glad that you liked the old photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is so sweet, yet sad!! Such a short married life, yet she never married again.... This is true love! Beautiful pictures, and heartrending ending! Enjoyed reading it very much. Voting up and everything.....

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Beautiful story, though the death of your husband's dad when he was very young is sad. The old photos add so much to this hub. Thanks for sharing them, as well as the wedding advice for the bride. (My own parents got married in 1942.)

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I think that there are as many women pharmacists today as there are men but back when my mother-in-law became one that was not the case. So glad that you liked this article, the photos, etc. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      It is sad that she lost her husband at such an early age but she made a good life for herself and her son who later became my husband. Apparently no one she met afterwards measured up to what she once had to ever consider getting married again. Appreciate your comment and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful story you have shared! It was sad that your hubby's father died at such a young age, and had to leave a very young son.

      Yes, I'm sure it was unusual for a woman to be a pharmacist back then. I think even today it would be a good profession for a woman.

      I always enjoy looking at your old photos (which you generously share on some of your Hubs. I enjoy looking at the clothes they wore, etc.

      I voted this UP, and will Tweet and share with my followers.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      How sad. To bad she never married again and had more children. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Pharmacists do make a decent living. As to the wedding words of advice...much of it is as true for today as it was back then...the counting that you mentioned for one. Ha! Some things never change. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've actually written a few articles about pharmacists (on another website) and discovered that it is a great occupation: relatively low stress, good working hours and high pay.

      And counting a few before an angry reply is just as wise now as it was then. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      You are right in that WW2 opened the floodgates to more women being in the work force outside of the home. Glad that you liked this story regarding my husband's parents. Appreciate your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      How very interesting with your mother-in-law but so unfortunate with her husband later on. WW2 opened up a lot of opportunities for women and really, despite fits and starts- was the beginning of where women in the work-force are today in so many cases. The four trainee ladies in front of the Eli Lilly bus is so cool and loved grandma's advice and the photos of your husbands parents- what a good-looking couple. Special one- thanks Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Duchess,

      I think that my mother-in-law would have been very pleased. Like you said, photos definitely freeze a moment in time and often tell a story all their own or help to embellish it. Enjoy your photography! Thanks for your comment.

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      Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

      One more reason I love to take photos of family and friends. Those memories "frozen in time" can bring so many warm and beautiful thoughts to loved ones.

      What a wonderful story. What an honour for one of your readers to request permission to have your mother in law's photo for the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book! That must be exciting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Diane,

      Her name was Emma Lucille Beyer back then prior to her marriage. Her nickname was Emalou which she was called for most of her life. Emma Beyer would probably suffice if the middle name makes the attribution too long.

      I think that she would be very pleased to be a part of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book if she was still alive. Will let her son (my husband) know. Thanks!

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      Diane S. 5 years ago

      Hello, again, Peggy!

      I left a comment approximately 7 months ago regarding using your mother in law's photo for the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book. I will begin submitting copy to the publisher in July. For your Mother in law's photo caption, how would you like her name to appear?

      Thank you again for granting permission to use her photo!

      Kind regards,

      Diane

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatchGals,

      So nice to know that you enjoyed these old timey words of advice to a new bride. As you say...some things never change! Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, wonderful words of wisdom, as true today as they were then. Love the pictures and family history.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      As you said, much of the advice is timeless. Glad that you enjoyed this hub about advice to brides back in the 1942 era. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello daskittlez69,

      Yes, stepping back in time is nice when the memories are good ones. Thanks for leaving a comment on this old timey wedding advice for the bride.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jessi10,

      While it is sad that the boy who became my husband had to grow up without his father, his grandfather took over the role of the male influence in his life and he turned into a wonderful man. No...I'm not prejudiced! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi barbergirl28,

      Glad that you enjoyed this hub...and yes, much of the wedding advice would still be as good today as it was back in 1942. Thanks for your comment.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      What a great story, but a sad ending! I love the wedding advice from all the female relatives. 1942 was a long time ago, but much of the advice is timeless. Thanks for sharing this lovely story of your husband's parents. Voted up and beautiful!

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      daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

      That was an interesting hub. It is always nice to step back into time. Thanks

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      This is a great HUB! It very much reminds me of the notes and wedding gifts my grandmother received from her own mother, and other family members. The story was so moving. Its a tragedy what happened..

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have to say.. I wasn't realy expecting the ending. But I can see that the love those two shared is something to be modeled afterwards. While you still see that kind of love around - it just doesn't seem as strong in today's relationships. What a great hub... and I love the word's of advice. I think they are still something couples should strive for! :) Great hub and thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mark,

      The ratio of female pharmacists to male are about equal these days but apparently some pay disparity still exists which is certainly not fair. Appreciate your comment. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Diane S.,

      Congratulations on following in your family's footsteps with regard to profession. They must be proud and also happy for you. My husband thought about becoming a pharmacist until he hit organic chemistry which changed his mind. Ha! He switched to business and it suited him and served him well.

      Yes, you have my permission to use that photo. If you can leave a link to this hub, it would be appreciated. If my mother-in-law was still alive, she would have really liked reading that LKS history book! Thanks for your comment.

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      Diane S. 6 years ago

      Hello, Peggy!

      Your story resonated with me deeply. My mother graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharnacy in 1941, the only woman in her class. I am a third generation graduate of UB Pharmacy, and a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma. I have been given the responsibility of writing the LKS Centennial History Book (1913-2013) and would love to have permission to use your mother in law's photo on the bus trip to Eli Lilly for possible inclusion in the book. Thank you so much for posting your family's story!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello giselenmendez,

      Interesting that you also received similar wedding advice prior to your wedding. Yes...I wish that wars could be ended and that all peoples of the earth could spend more time in peace and harmony with one another. Thanks for your comment.

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      giselenmendez 6 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      The notes of advice are so similar to the ones I've been given by my mother and grandmother on the day of my wedding! This Hub is a prove that such a big love will never end :) When you read about stories like this one you realize how pointless war could be, and how much happier we would all be without it. We all have the potential to love and be loved, it's important that we don't forget about that. Thank you for taking the time to share their story with us!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello cowtowngirl77,

      Thanks for commenting on this hub about wedding advice for the bride. Glad that you have your own memories and pictures!

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      cowtowngirl77 6 years ago

      I also had great memories and pics. It was a nice time. good hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      Like you, I thought that those hand written notes of advice for the bride were cute and endearing. Glad that you also liked them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is such a sweet story. I love the personal notes and photos. Very heart-warming. Thanks for sharing

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brakel2,

      Thanks for the compliment. It is nice to have pictures from the past especially when they relate to family.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Glad that you liked these wedding words of advice for brides of the past. I thought that they were so cute and should be shared. Thanks for your comment.

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      What.a lovely hub and so well put together. The story is sad but poignant. You have all those lovely pictures and memories. I wish I had kept pics. You are a good writer. Keep up the good work.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a beautiful look into the romantic past of a loving couple. How sad that it end all too soon. The notes of advice were priceless, they hold true for today. The pictures were perfect. Up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kerlynb,

      These pictures do go back in years. Glad that you liked them. Like you, I thought that the wedding advice for brides back in the 1942 era was cute. Thanks for your comment.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Whoa! All these pictures in your hub just conjure images in my mind of times gone by. Neat. Thanks for sharing this hub about women's pieces of advice to ladies. Thanks for these wonderful, sepia pics as well. Just love them.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      I am not in these pictures. The bride turned out to be my mother-in-law many years later. If she were still alive she would appreciate your compliments! :))

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry, I am late to know this hub. Wow...you are so beautiful and all your pictures were so fantastic. I never thought that you still have all these pictures. I believe you have beautiful memories in the past. I know that from the pictures. Your father's husband so handsome too. I am so happy to know this from you. Thanks for share this with us. Cheers..

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Happy to have been able to share these photos and story with you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Ecellent as always Peggy. Loved the photos thanks for sharing

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DilaraMawlaMonzur,

      Nice that you found wedding advice for the bride back in the 1940's of interest. I got a kick out of reading the cute notes and recommendations also. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about wedding advice given to brides in 1942. Thanks for your comment.

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      DilaraMawlaMonzur 6 years ago

      It kept me captivated till I finished. Beautiful!

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      A very wonderful and inspiring tribute for your husbands parents. It is certain the family members adored the bride and groom with all the helpful advice given. I am touched by your hub page. I give you a huge applause for a very touching and lovely hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SUSIE DUZY,

      You must be referring to the wedding shower and advice for the soon to be bride. Am certain that she had a great time!

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Oh, to go back to the good ole days.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      When my husband's parents started their marriage they probably thought that they had a lifetime ahead of them. It was to be only 3 years and over half of that time they were separated due to World War 2. Their letters and photos kept them connected in spirit and love.

      None of us knows how long we have in this life. We should relish each day as it comes and live each day in a fashion so that IF it is our last, the people that carry our memories can be proud and happy.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      So tragic and having read part one prior to part 2 it reinforced the loss of life and sweet love. Peggy liked all the sage advice also.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Truckstop Sally,

      The fire making might have been literal back then? As to not getting up first...who knows? Am sure that words of advice for a bride would not include those 2 in today's world. Haha!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Be sure your husband makes the fires and Positively never get up first in the morning -- are my favorite words of advice. Not sure what they mean though. But I'll have fun thinking about them all day.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for commenting on this story and wedding advice given in the 1942 era. It is a shame that my husband could not have grown up knowing his father except for stories told about him. At least he has that which is more than some people have.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a wonderful story and a nice tribute to your husband's parents. It is so sad his father died so young. I really enjoyed this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Teachers or nurses...that was still the predominant thing to study when I was in school as a female. My mother-in-law was a bit of a trail blazer in her day and era.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      It is a rather touching story and one very close to home as that marriage brought about the birth of my husband. You are correct in that it was fortunate that she had a good education and became a pharmacist. Thanks for the votes and comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      My sister got married in 1948. Close enough for these styles and such to look familiar to me.Most women who went to college back then went to be teachers, I think.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Aw, Peggy, I knew this was going to be a great hub as soon as I saw the 1942 era in the title, but I didn't realize it would tug at my heartstrings so much. You really made your husband's parents come to life and the advice your future mother-in-law got before her wedding was, for the most part, surprisingly still relevant and wise.

      I also enjoyed reading about female pharmacy students back in the era when that was so rare. As fate had it, though, it turned out to be a good thing that your mother-in-law was capable of earning a living. It was so sad when her husband passed unexpectedly after surviving World War II.

      Thanks for sharing their beautiful love story and photos of them on hub pages. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      Am voting this up across the board!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this. It was fun reading those notes made to advise the soon-to-be bride in 1942. Would have liked to have shown the booklet but it was copyrighted, so left that out. My mother-in-law had also kept a number of old wedding cards, birthday cards, etc. It is fun to see how cards have changed over the years.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Baileybear,

      If she was still alive, she would love hearing that! She always thought that her mother was the real beauty and seeing pictures of her when young...she was indeed just that. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi marellen,

      Yes she loved him. She was also in the car accident with him and was terribly injured and unable to work for some time. She and her toddler (my husband) moved back in with her parents and lived there for several years. Fortunately the baby was at home with his grandparents when the accident happened. My husband's grandfather became his "father" image.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you shared their story with us. She was very beautiful!

      More of us need to share family stories that are related to historical moments in time. Good job!

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      Baileybear 6 years ago

      A very attractive woman.

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Peggy....What a nice tribute to a nice couple. It was unfortunate that his life was cut so short but she must of terribly loved him to not have remarried.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      His years were certainly cut short but he lived his life well. He left behind a legacy of which his family could be proud.

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      A wonderful story. Beautiful, sweet and tragic. Thanks for sharing. She had a great smile. Jack missed so much.