History of courtship and dating

17-Feb-2015 22:55

Thanks to mechanization, working people found that their hours dropped, while wages rose.

Young people suddenly had more time on their hands and more money to spend.

A girl would receive her gentleman caller on the front porch or in the family parlor, in the company of at least one adult chaperone.

The couple would talk, read together, or play board games; on rare occasions they might be allowed to attend a church social or musical performance together, but always in view of nosy neighbors and family friends.

Drivers were limited to speeds of eight miles per hour, and some local ordinances required that each car be preceded by someone on foot, who was to warn pedestrians by waving a red flag.

But by the 1920s, cars were becoming commonplace; one-fifth of all Americans owned one of the new mass-produced automobiles. Increasingly, they spent their evenings not in the family parlor, but in a car parked at Lover’s Lane.

During this time any physical contact is forbidden.

They didn’t work very well, and only millionaire hobbyists owned them.

Luckily, people of yesteryear didn't have as much technology available to them, which automatically lowered the stakes of their demonstrations of love.

But that doesn't mean their low-tech gestures were any less ridiculous.

Wisdom dictates that we discern the difficulties and dangers associated with today's dating scenarios.

If you wanted to make yourself available in the 1800s, you’d typically attend a dance or a ball.

And they had all kinds of new public amusements on which to spend it: dance halls, movie palaces, amusement parks and baseball stadiums sprang up everywhere.