Eighty-four per cent of men said they believed both sexes should share the household chores, while 65 per cent of women assumed that the average man would say it should be left to women.
The suggestion not to complain if a husband "goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you" rang true with more than half of modern men who said time alone with their friends was of the "utmost importance".
Maxine Soghmanian, organiser of the Ideal Home Show, said: "It's amazing to see how much we have changed since the 1955 Good Wife's Guide was written." This year's show features a Century Street exhibition which will allow visitors to see how people lived in 19.
Ever wonder how social life was like for your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather?
The video is taken from the Coronet collection, which features lots of fascinating vintage movies about growing up in the 1940s and 1950s.
If he'd added a little more cockiness and treated her like an errant little girl, she would have been eating out of his hand.
Good God practically every one of those 50s broads has a real manly face or other masculine characteristic about them. Weren't they supposed to be more feminine back then?
Or getting the shopping done so he can start on the dinner if he arrives first. Modern wives, it seems, are a long way from the regimented unselfishness of the idealised wife featured in the Good Wife's Guide, apparently written in 1955.
In fact a survey carried out for this year's Daily Mail Ideal Home Show has found women who stand up to their husbands, have a strong grip of household finances and enjoy a drink are regarded as today's good wives.
What are your thoughts on dating today versus 60 years ago? Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition.
Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.
This video depicts an alternate decade – a fantasy decade – of what we wish the ’50s were really like.