Parody chain letter. Husband exchange. 16,178 men.  "...she had a smile on her face for the first time in years."  US, 1953.
  Dear Friend:
  This chain letter started in Reno in the hope of bringing relief and happiness to tired housewives.
  Unlike most chain letters, this does not cost any money. Simply send a copy of this letter to five of your housewife friends who are equally tired. Then bundle up your husband and send him to the woman whose name is at the top of the list, and add your name to the bottom of it. When your name comes to the top of this list, you will receive 16,178 men, and some of them will be dandies!
  Have faith - don't break the chain!
  One woman broke the chain and got her old man back.
                             A Tired Housewife.

P.S. -At this date of writing, a friend of mine has received 356 men. They buried her yesterday and everyone said she had a smile on her face for the first time in years.

Published: The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), June 27, 1953, p. 13. SURE-FIRE WAY TO GET A MAN
"... the prospects of having 16,178 men to choose from is more than slightly intriguing. Another thing, a woman has to be a tired housewife to appreciate the full flavor of the possibility. Most any female - from the time she stops playing cowboys and Indians with the boys - would be interested in such a vast field.  ¶ Imagine having the opportunity of picking a guy that talks like Boyer, walks like John Wayne, looks like Tyrone or Eckstine, or Bellafonte. Zounds! That really is more than a woman can stand. ¶ Funny thing is, though, the average woman would choose out of the whole 16,178 - exactly the guy she's got now."     Entered by DWV, Aug. 13, 2014.


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