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Census

In “A Portrait of America,” NEWSWEEK (l/17/83) poked some fun at the national census:

‘Give your name and age and business. Is your husband working'
Do you rent or own the building? Did you ever milk a cow'
This is strictly confidential—are you underweight or fat'
Does your husband have a bunion? Are his arches good or flat'
Did you vote for Herbert Hoover? Are you dry or are you wet'
Did you ever use tobacco? Did you ever place a bet?. . .
Are you saving any money? Do you ever pay your debt'
Are your husband’s old red flannels in the wash or on him yet'

“The Census Taker,” Scott Wiseman 1940