Dating in the 1940s
Lean back and turn the clock to my teen years when dating was a mystery and the rules and etiquette were defined. That meant there were five men in the house and our mother.I had no idea of what you do on a date, especially my first. First you had to ask the girl you liked to "go out with you". Then you had to set the exact time; dates were usually on Saturday night.1947 New Look: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing The dresses in the images also reflect the changing fashions of the end of the decade. Late 1940s Women's Fashions: Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns. Teenage girls began to sport sweaters, knee-length skirts, and bobby socks during the 1940s.The style held over into the 1950s, but the 1940s skirts were not as full. Belcher is a graduate of Sturgeon High School and of Moberly Junior College.
Ok, I was without any of these too so my brothers and Father pitched in. You were supposed to bring your date flowers as a matter of courtesy. He should have known I was shaking beside the hand shake. I got through the first part of my date successfully.My granddaughter's date honked the horn and out she came.When I asked my daughter why they young man didn't come in the house for the "look over", the response was "Father you're so old fashioned'. How did one date in the late 1940's and the 1950's?Downtown Chicago was the real dating Capitol of that time. And that dear reader was how you dated as a teenager. 1940's Topics: 1940s Main Beauty Children Cooking Diets Fads Fashion Home Decor Home Economics Housekeeping Husbands Romance Shopping Travel | Vacation | Romance Romance Romance Romance Romance Romance Apparently, dating services or personal ads a la 1940s were not the way to catch a spouse... Therefore the national reason for moral restraint should be considered by every individual each person, man or woman, who steps aside too far from the reasonable moral code, contributes his or her share to the weakening of the national structure..." Here's the making of a 1940s - 1949 to be exact - "Catfight" as our rather clueless male shows up with a busty blond from Switzerland.Yes, I was making 50 cents an hour and had to figure out how to have a nice time and have money left for car fare. We walked down the stairs and to the nearest bus station. Annie Get your Gun with Howard Keel and the fabulous Betty Hudson. (Bet you didn't know that.) After dinner the date was over and it was the proper time to bring my date home. And I was about a year away from meeting the love of my life, my wife of 55 years.