Dating 20th century

14-Nov-2019 17:37 by 7 Comments

Dating 20th century

The milk bar, the coffee bar and the Wimpy Bar - first introduced in 1954 - provided new courting spaces.

During the war, life in industry and the services opened up new possibilities for romantic meetings away from family and neighbourhood surveillance - pubs became a popular meeting place for the young.Throughout history, men and women have faced the traditional need to find love and fill their homes with the children and wealth that can best be produced by a great marriage.At the very least the marriage should look great in public.For an activity undertaken over such a long period of time, dating is remarkably difficult to characterize.The term has outlasted more than a century’s worth of evolving courtship rituals, and we still don’t know what it means.From the flappers of the 1920s to the flower children of the 1960s, personal expression began to replace formality in men and women’s clothing.

As the 1980s song goes, women do tend to prefer a sharply-dressed man.

“The Dating Game was perfect for it's time.” The free-wheeling 1970s made shows like the dating game seem downright chaste.

No one felt the need for a marriage license to have sex and the pick-up scene at bars stayed in full swing throughout the next decade.

Flash forward to the 20th century where romance played an increasingly important role in dating.

In the 1950's courtship was formal and elaborate — a routine of going steady, getting pinned and then engaged, all under the watchful eyes of parents.

The expansion of secondary education transformed schools into potential meeting places too. If these methods did not work, mid-century people could turn to a range of matchmaking publications and clubs.