Rules Of Dating, The 1950’s Way

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There are some things we love about the 1950s—midcentury furniture design and the period’s full-skirted, ladylike fashions, for example. Things we appreciate a little bit less? The comically cringe-worthy dating culture and the way women were instructed to behave in order to attract a partner. Yes, in this case, “old-fashioned” is an epic understatement for just how ridiculous the advice in ladies journals of the time was. Read on for some 100% authentic “wisdom” women of the period were treated to, and breath a sigh of relief that times, they are a-changin’.

But one of the most surprising discoveries from taking a nostalgic look at the 1950s involves the strict “rules” of courtship. Back then, rules like “never drop your silverware on a first date” weren’t seen as overly strict  they were just the norm.

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Don’t sit in awkward positions and never look bored. Be alert, and if you must chew gum, do it silently, mouth closed.

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MEN DON’T LIKE girls who borrow their handkerchief and smudge them with lipstick. Makeup in privacy, not where he sees you.

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BE READY to go when your date arrives; don’t keep him waiting. Greet him with a smile!

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IF YOU NEED a brassiere, wear one. Don’t tug at your girdle, and be careful your stockings are not wrinkled

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