Dating in the 1930
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.They couldn't afford to buy a hamburger in the 1930s, even on a date.Walter Schmitt says at one time there were three soda fountains in Gresham.Not all dates involved movies, especially if you didn't have the dime.Carla Due (right) remembers just hanging out with friends, or going on double dates.Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together.Thus, the phrase "going out on a date" became popularized.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
Anna Randal for Art-Sheep I don’t want to see any of you complaining about the stupid advice your best friend gave you or the latest anti-feminist rulebook a women’s magazine featured on its latest issue.
This 1930s set of dating tips doesn’t have any opponents.
The increasing popularity of the automobile also made it possible for young couples to get away from the confines of home and the pesky prying eyes of the chaperone.
Dating became a more relaxed activity and the concept of “having fun” entering the equation, though the ultimate purpose in these endeavors was still to find a marriage partner.