August 21, 1943

Rise in Marriage Signaling Future Problems?
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 1.7 million couples went to the altar in 1941, and slightly more made the trip down the aisle in 1942. While brides had to find alternatives to silk dresses, the most common attire for bridegrooms in 1942 was a military uniform; after the wedding, he was off to war. Does this foretell problems? In her syndicated editorial on November 30 of last year, entitled Marriage as an Institution Taking a Pounding in War, Dorothy Dix wrote “…statisticians report that divorces are increasing to an unheard of degree…”. She ponders what will happen after the war when “…the war bridal couples take a second look at each other and see what they have gotten.”

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