Think the dating world has changed much in the last 60 years? Take a look at some of these recommended tips for single women from 1938.
- When it comes to dressing for the date, use your boudoir to keep your "allure". Also, never keep your date waiting and greet him with a smile.
- Never ask your male companion to borrow his handkerchief when touching up your makeup. Apparently, men in the 1930's did not like it when their handkerchiefs became stained with lipstick. It was also recommended that women put their makeup on in private.
- When on a date in the 1930's, a woman should refrain from sitting in awkward positions. A woman should also never look bored, even if she is. When on a date, be alert, and if you must chew gum, which is not advised, make sure you are silent and chewing with your mouth closed.
- While on the dance floor, never speak to your man. Apparently in the 1930's, when a man dances, he wants to dance!
- Women should ensure they are presentable prior to going on a date. It was recommended that a lady wear a brassiere, if needed, never tug at her girdle, and make sure her stockings are wrinkle free.
- When on a date in the 1930's, a woman should not use her date's car mirror to fix her makeup. Apparently, men need the mirror for driving, and it annoys him very much if he has to turn around to see what is behind him.
- While on a date, a woman should not be overly familiar with her date. Caressing him in public, along with any other overt show of affection is in bad taste, and men often feel embarrassed and ever humiliated.
- A single woman dating in the 1930's should take care that she is not too sentimental. Trying to get your date to say something he does not want to by working his emotions is a no-no. Apparently, men in the 1930's really didn't like tears in public places!
- While on a date, a woman should not be overly familiar with other men (i.e. waiter, or host). According to the tips, men are both deserving and desire a woman's entire attention.
- Women should not bother her date by talking about women's clothing. On a date, a man should be pleased and flattered by talking about things he wishes to talk about.
- A single woman in the 1930's should take care to never drink too much while on a date. A man expects his female date to maintain her dignity. On the other hand, drinking can make many "girls" seem clever, but the majority just become silly.
- While on a date, a single woman should not talk to others, especially men.
- Finally, a single woman in the 1930's should never drink too much so that she ends up passing out on her date.
What are your thoughts on these "tips"? Have things changed all that much for a single lady?