The 1950’s revolutionized dating as we know it today. Like generations before and since teenagers of the 1950’s had one thing on their mind, love and the art of making it. Some were more successful than others, thankfully your grandparents and parents were winners in this department. They met at sock hops or at the local soda shop, where they awkwardly navigated the waters of dating. Think “Grease” without friends breaking out into song and the dreamy Danny Zuko.
- The Double Date: Nothing says I have social anxiety, then bringing a few of your friends along to buffer awkward conversation. This form of dating was also an excellent way to get out of being alone with someone that over the course of the evening may become a total square.
- The 1950’s was all about the dewy-eyed heartbroken teen. Love was in the air, and everyone was breathing it in, from musicians to movie stars, to the guy who sprayed the shoes at the bowling alley. So how did lovers before the age of Snapchat find their one and only?
- Sock Hops and School Dances: Bad dancing, screaming girls and no shoes, this had all the makings of one hot romantic evening. Guys would stand on one side, and the ladies stood on the other until someone dared their friend to go “talk to her!” As he wiped his sweaty hands on his pants and fixed his tie, one brave soul asked the girl who was smiling the most to dance.
- The Blind Date: This was even more awkward than the double date. You’ve never met this person, but your friends vouch that he is sure is a swell guy. When a woman agreed to a blind date, she could only hope that he had a nifty car, and his breath wasn’t bad.
- So now we know how they met, let’s talk about how they kept the embers burning. The 1950’s dating scene were chock-a-block full of rules. Yes, there were plenty of cars with steamed up windows, but that was kept on the hush, hush, a lady always had the appearance of innocence. Men had rules as well; they paid!
- Women were educated on how to keep a man and how to keep him happy. Schools taught classes on the subject and hundreds of books were written on the topic: Remember your most important job is to build up and maintain his ego (which gets bruised plenty in business). Morale is a woman’s business. Women today would crush this advice with their five-inch stiletto heels while walking into the board room.
It’s clear that times have changed, but one thing remains the same, there will always be fools, and there will always be lovers and let’s hope the two should never meet. Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, make sure you shoot that arrow, you never know where or who it will hit.