British ‘Retro’ Couple Claim Living Every Day Like in the 1950s Saved Their Failing Marriage

08 Aug


Like many other couples their age, 49-year-old Mandy Jones and her husband Gary, 48, were struggling to save their failing marriage. That’s when they hit upon a unique solution – they decided to give the 1950s lifestyle a try. Now, the couple from Staffordshire claim that the change has actually saved their marriage.

So what’s so great about the fifties that it could bring Gary and Mandy closer to each other? Well, some might find this regressive, but Mandy says that she now cooks for her husband every night, just like most women did back then. So Gary gets to come home from work every night to a ‘dutiful’ wife and a wholesome 1950s dinner.

And that’s not all – Mandy, a part-time caterer, spends all her free time cooking, cleaning and darning Gary’s socks. She dresses in vintage frocks, drives a 1949 Chevrolet and listens to rockabilly records on her jukebox. She strongly believes that all women should adopt a similar lifestyle if they want to keep their man happy.

“It may seem strange and we get the odd nasty comment, but this way of life works for us and has saved our marriage,” Mandy said. “We love everything about the 1950s, from the clothes to the way of life. Since we started living like this I’ve been a better wife and Gary and I are closer than ever.”

Interestingly, the couple had bonded over their love of rockabilly and fifties’ fashion, when they first met 30 years ago. But in the last five years, their passion for all things 50s has reached new heights. They were quite bored of regular life: “Gary and I were sick of the same routine and we were bickering on a daily basis,” said Mandy. “We spent our weekends drinking at the pub until the early hours and it just got so boring.”

So the couple decided to change every aspect of their lives to match the fifties, starting with their house. They redecorated their entire home, including their kitchen, which is now an American diner-style eating space. “The diner was converted to the place it is now about a year ago, to incorporate quite a few original fifties items and some retro modern items to give the actual fifties feel” said Gary.

Their house is filled with all sorts of vintage memorabilia – old radios, telephones and even a 1961 original jukebox imported from South Carolina – all in mint condition. Mandy has perfected vintage hairstyles and makes her own retro-style clothes to impress her husband. And in their free time, the couple go Lindy Hop dancing or visit vintage fairs. “We’re absolutely madly in love with the life of the forties and fifties – dancing every weekend,” said Gary.

According to Mandy, “After a bad day there is nothing better than putting our jukebox on and doing a quick Lindy Hop,” Mandy added.

The couple said that they’ve met a lot of people with similar interests and made a lot of friends along the way, some even as far off as Australia.

“The lifestyle that we lead, pretty much in the fifties style has done wonders for our relationship – it’s given us a common interest. It’s a hobby that we both do together and it’s made us both stronger,” said Gary. “1950s marriages definitely work better than marriages these days,” Mandy added. “The divorce rate is so high at the moment and it never used to be in the past.”


Posted by on August 8, 2014 in good news


24 responses to “British ‘Retro’ Couple Claim Living Every Day Like in the 1950s Saved Their Failing Marriage

  1. Peter Blood

    August 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Someone needs to tell them that going back to the 50s is RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC, SEXIST, BIGOTED, ANTI-SEMITIC, AUTHORITARIAN?

    Where do I sign up?

  2. Will S.

    August 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm


  3. ILoveIT!

    August 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! Now that was truly edgy and subversive. Tear it down Mandy!!!!!!

  4. Will S.

    August 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm


  5. Bob Wallace

    August 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    66-year-old Stephen King is stuck in the ’50s and he and his wife have been married since they were about 21.

  6. Sanne

    August 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Can someone explain to me how is cooking regressive? What did they use to eat before, junk food? Getting diabetes type II, heart disease and obesity doesn’t exactly sound liberating, but then, what do I know…

  7. feeriker

    August 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Just imagine coming home after a brutal, soul-crushing day at work to be met by your lovely wife, who “greets” you wearing nothing but the stockings, high-heels, and garters that are hidden by all of that 50s “retro” fashion and who proceeds to “kiss it and make it feel all better” (hint to Mandy Jones, if she happens to be reading this and hasn’t already put this into practice).

  8. Will S.

    August 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    @ Sanne: Oh, it’s just that modern young women are lazy, and have no skills, so they’ve convinced themselves they’re simply ‘liberated’, so instead of feeling bad about it, they can feel superior to past generations / old-fashioned women.

    @ feeriker: 🙂

  9. Will S.

    August 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    @ Bob: I liked his movie cameo in ‘Maximum Overdrive’, where he tells his wife, that the ATM ‘just told me to go fuck myself!’. I think that short story and that movie, as well as his cameo, tell us at least something about his feelings regarding modern technology… 🙂

  10. sfcton

    August 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    It must agree with they both look rather young

  11. Will S.

    August 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I agree, sfcton. I’m happy for them if it works for them.

  12. sfcton

    August 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Folks ought to focus a little more on being happy; happy with what they have and pursuing what makes them happy.

  13. Will S.

    August 9, 2014 at 10:20 am


    This couple felt their marriage was in trouble, and took steps to change and improve their situation. They seem to have recovered the ‘spark’ that they felt had gone missing, and that, as well as the fun enterprise they are engaged in, seems to have brought happiness to them, on multiple levels.

  14. Peter Blood

    August 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Folks ought to focus a little more on being happy; happy with what they have and pursuing what makes them happy.

    Please, no, enough of pursuing happiness.

  15. sfcton

    August 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Doesn’t that depend on what makes you happy? How does my purist of strength, miles on my motorcycle, deer in my freezer etc harms society?

  16. Will S.

    August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    @ Peter: I know what you mean, in terms of many modern young womenfolk using ‘unhappiness’ as an excuse to detonate their marriages. But I do think that merely telling people to ‘suck it up’, instead of trying to solve whatever is wrong, is also equally wrong, and to be avoided. So like Ton says, I think that it may well depend on what it is that makes one happy, or how one can learn contentedness, and find it in certain things, together with one’s spouse.

  17. TerrificT

    August 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    This reminds me of the movie “Pleasantville.” But of course, in that movie it was necessary for the “modern” kids to teach all the repressed citizens of Pleasantville that there was so much more to life than being happy, taking care of one another, and fulfilling one’s social responsibilities. Why, life has no color unless there is promiscuous sex, masturbation, adultery, and the selfish pursuit of one’s own happiness at the expense of others.

    I miss Pleasantville, even if it never existed.

  18. Will S.

    August 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Ah yes; I remember when ‘Pleasantville’ came out; I never saw it, but I remember the trailer, and being offended by the theme…

  19. Will S.

    August 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.

  20. Chillingworth

    September 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I’m sure it helps that they have interests in common (all things ’50s). Still, I suppose that was true all along, and their marriage didn’t start improving until they also started role playing and living like the ’50s…

  21. Will S.

    September 3, 2014 at 11:54 am


    Well, whatever works, I say (as long as nothing immoral). 🙂

  22. Stephen Sims

    September 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Sensational! The fact that they’re using modern technology to advertise it is an irony. But hey, it works for them. Love the last scene with his car and the modern looking Honda in the background. Lol. “Go rock’n Robin ’cause you’re really gonn’a rock tonight!’.

  23. Will S.

    September 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm


    Yeah, more power to these two, I say, anachronisms and all. 😉