How to Undress in Front of Your Husband in 1937


  1. “His $30 courses, taught by burlesque dancer Connie Fonzlau, consisted of six lessons.
    “From these, [women] will learn how to make going to bed appear a thing of charm and pleasure rather than a routine chore,” he told the magazine.
    When the article ran, 48 women “who suspect there is something wrong with their disrobing methodology” had already signed up.
    “Professor” Fonzlau chided women for “letting their hair down too soon,” wearing wrinkled stockings and sitting on “discarded clothes.” Rheana Murray, Advice from the 1930s: How to undress for your husband
  2. “In my judgment, the woman is the equal of the man. She has all the rights I have and one more, and that is the right to be protected. That is my doctrine. You are married; try and make the woman you love happy. Whoever marries simply for himself will make a mistake; but whoever loves a woman so well that he says ‘I will make her happy,’ makes no mistake. And so with the woman who says, ‘I will make him happy.’ There is only one way to be happy, and that is to make somebody else so.” Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child
  3. “The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 1
Left: The wrong way to remove your stockings. Women shouldn’t bunch or pull their stockings off from their toes, the school taught. Right: The correct way to remove stockings, by rolling them slowly down from the top.
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 2
Left: Removing a dress like this results in wrinkles. Right: Sliding out of a gown keeps it crease-free. (Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 3
Left: Burlesque dancer Connie Fonzlau demonstrates what a ‘knot’ some women make of their clothes when undressing. Right: Dresses won’t be creased if they’re taken off properly. (Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 4
Proper procedures will turn going to bed into a ‘charm and pleasure’ rather than a chore. To learn how, women could sign up for a six-lesson course. (Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 5
Left: Undressing two sides at once, like this, is a sin at the Allen Gilbert school. Right: The proper way for a woman to remove her lingerie. (Peter Stackpole/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 6
A burlesque dancer demonstrates the proper way to take off stockings, by starting at the top. (Peter Stackpole./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)
How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 7
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How to Undress in front of your Husband Part 8
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