Dating tips men 1930s
As you’ll recall from A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back?
, courtship took place in parlor rooms and under parental supervision before the 1920s. But, once dating went public, along with the proliferation of media (radio, magazines, movies, and books), young people heard from others about what was “in.” , “from the late 1930s on, young people knew, down to the percentage point, what their peers throughout the country thought and did.” Perception and appearance became everything.
By successfully maintaining this cycle, you became popular.” Competitive dating must have been stressful Some yearned again for the simpler times.
Dating and romance in the 1930’s, while all about “having fun,” was decidedly a more formal affair than it is today.
That being said, what was acceptable and expected was still very different from today’s standards, especially for (who would have guessed? Men in the 1930’s were still supposed to be as chivalrous as they had been in previous decades. No hand-holding in public, and do not allow his arm to be around your shoulders during a film. Don’t cry or be sentimental or attempt to get him to talk about his feelings; this is distressing to him. Don’t be “familiar” with the waiter or any other man besides your date; give him your undivided attention. Don’t drink too much alcohol or be silly; this will humiliate him.
However, it was their responsibility to plan, execute and pay for the evening out. Conversation should flatter him; only talk about things that interest him – not fashion! I don’t know about you, but we’re certainly glad we don’t have to abide by these 1930s dating tips for women.
Many girls would have flowers and notes sent from home to appear “in demand.” The girls who dated the most guys were considered the most popular as a date.
A girl who could resist “going steady” was most desirable. As Beth Bailey wrote, “You had to rate in order to date, to date in order to rate.
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