Dating tips men 1930s
As Beth Bailey, author of The concept of dating value had nothing to do with the interpersonal experience of a date–whether or not the boy (or girl, for that matter) was fun or charming or brilliant was irrelevant. Having a “good line” meant the young gentleman had to exhibit passion and personality to gain a girl’s attention.
Dating and romance in the 1930’s, while all about “having fun,” was decidedly a more formal affair than it is today.
Dating became a more relaxed activity and the concept of “having fun” entering the equation, though the ultimate purpose in these endeavors was still to find a marriage partner.
Going on dates to dances, soda shops, theaters, and restaurants – depending on what one could afford – became the norm.
Wealthy women hadn’t the need to wear practical “day” clothes, although styles had been designated for day and night.
Now that most women had more productive and busier lives, (much like running out to auditions and rehearsals!
Obviously, no physical contact of any kind was allowed unless stolen in the rose garden when the chaperone was perhaps distracted.
The lower classes, however, often times did not have the actual space to entertain potential suitors and therefore often met outside the home, popularizing the concept of “going on a date.” However, the devastation of WWI paired with other economic and social upheavals such as Prohibition, the women’s rights movement and the Great Depression brought a change in some of the more strict rules surrounding many societal norms, dating and courtship included.
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