The situation of what to do with a husband when the bridge club came for the evening must have been common by 1946 when House Beautiful published a funny article, “Low Bridge” satirizing the plight of husbands when it’s time for their wives to host the evening bridge club. Daytime bridge clubs began moving to the even as early as 1946 evidently.
Even when Bess Truman had her hometown bridge club to the White House for a bridge weekend, the newspaper story noted: “Mr. Truman will follow the pattern of many a good husband when the bridge club meets at his house. He’ll be away . . . .
Paul Murphy, author of “Low Bridge” feels on bridge night as if he’s been put out for the night “like the cat.” And then enumerates his options:
You can’t stay and watch the ladies play he says–you’d be as “welcome as an ant in the sugar bowl.”
You can’t go to bed, it’s heaped with ladies coats. Homes were far smaller then than they became in the 50s–no family room to get comfortable in while the ladies play bridge in the living room.
Go to the movies or Lodge meeting? Bridge lasts too long–what to do the rest of the evening?
Mr. Truman found some official business to attend to away from the White House during Bess’s bridge weekend.
As to Paul Murphy’s plight? He settles for sitting on a park bench under a street light writing that House Beautiful article.