1930s dating etiquette
But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s.
13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933.
, 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.
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.
As Kevin White notes in Waller notes, “The factors which appear to be important for girls are good clothes, a smooth line, ability to dance well, and popularity as a date.The father drives with his small boy beside him; in the rear are the mother, the daughter, Aunt Florence, the thermos bottles, the lunch baskets and you.As you take your seat you must remember that it is a distinct evidence of bad breeding to show in any way that you are conscious of the fact that the car has been standing for the last hour and forty-four minutes in the hot July sun. " cries father, pressing his foot on the self-starting pedal.The Roaring 20s party collided headfirst into the 1929 stock market crash.Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating.
The real duty of a young man who is a "guest" on a motor trip on which a "blow-out" occurs is, of course, to keep the ladies of the party amused during the delay.