In early August of 1956, 22-year-old Vida Hutto took an ad out in a Houston newspaper seeking a husband. She was seeking a man who was “Fairly handsome, Protestant, dependable, likes to fish and earns at least $400 monthly.” That would be about $3700/month today.
Vida said that she decided to place the ad in the newspaper because she had tired of seeing all of her friends getting married while she remained single. While she did have numerous male friends, none met her standards for a husband.
The text of her personal ad was fairly ordinary, but her boss flipped out when he learned of its existence. Soon, the young stenographer was not only looking for a husband, she was also looking for a new job after he fired her.
Luckily, all of the publicity from her firing led to her phone ringing off the hook continuously. If you would like to call her, the number in Houston is Hillcrest 2-3788. My guess is that she no longer has that number…