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? Marriage was a mystery to me and I wanted to make sure we got off to a good start. Shortly after getting married, I bought dozens of books on how to be a good wife.Part of me was scared to sign up and skeptical that her approach would work for me.It seemed designed for women living like 1950s housewives, where the husband was the boss and a wife's job was to make him happy.After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
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 older brother gave me his suit to wear and mercifully it fit. Luckily Pops had a shirt that fit me along with a neck tie that was wide and loud. And the last wardrobe requirement, make sure your shoes were shined to impress your date. And, hold on: make sure you walk on her right side and protect her from any possible auto hitting her. And oh yes, don't forget to open the door for your girlfriend and mind your manners. First, lake sure you got to the movie theatre before they changed the price of admission. Everyone liked the restaurant and it was less expensive than most other places at that time. After the movie we went to the restaurant, Hoe Sai Gai which was on Randolph St.
(In those years prices changed depending on the time of day). And lastly, I had to make sure I had enough for the bus fare to return home. and is now the present site of The Chicago City Hall.
One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.
The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.