Dating during the 1930s would have been hard. The great depression had just hit and times were tough. At least everyone was in the same rickety boat, leaking money all over the place. Everything about life became less flashy and more subdued.
Still, people wanted to fall in love. They wanted to meet that special someone, woo them or be wooed and then settle down. In that regard, not much has changed.
What has changed about dating are the rules.
Rules for dating in the 1930s:
Don’t sit awkwardly;
Women were advised not to talk to men about fashion and clothes;
Don’t be overly affectionate;
Don’t talk while dancing;
Never go bra-free on a date;
Don’t talk about any other dates;
Give him all of your attention;
No crying in public, in fact, no displays of any strong emotion;
Be ready when he arrives;
Don’t drink alcohol.
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Rules for dating now:
Women and men spend the first few minutes of the date comparing FitBit data;