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.
Going on dates to dances, soda shops, theaters, and restaurants – depending on what one could afford – became the norm.
Obviously, no physical contact of any kind was allowed unless stolen in the rose garden when the chaperone was perhaps distracted.
The concept of “calling upon” a girl by the upper classes began to give way to the “dating” practices of the middle and lower classes, which involved getting to know each other at a movie or a dance.
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.
However, the 1930’s saw a departure from the stiff Victorian and Edwardian systems in which a young man “called upon” a woman to whom he was attracted.
This involved him going to the girl’s house, sometimes by appointment, to sit with her in the presence of her parents or a designated chaperone in order to get to know her better.
It was a different time you’ll say, different people, different customs, and even though we might agree, we still find these “rules” extremely hilarious.
They might be strongly offensive -as some of them prioritize the needs and thoughts of men against those of women, a 2015 person who looks at these photo strips and reads their captions, can have only one reaction; laughter.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
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.
Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating.
But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s.
As you’ll recall from A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back?