Well thanks to these magazine clippings from the 1940's, we are now fully aware of the extent the rules a woman was asked to follow in order to have a successful date (and most importantly, please her man.) Because God help you if you don't.One of my favorite parts of this job is interviewing people from my grandparents’ generation – a generation that grew up during the Great Depression and found joy in the simple things: dances, dating and Sunday drives.He would come to the door to greet his date before taking her to their venue and he always brought her safely home to her family.
“You couldn’t have any beer.” After their first year in college, Bette returned to her hometown and Richard continued schooling.But they committed to a long-distance relationship and filled their weekends with trips to Rock Island, Ill., Grinnell and Moline, Ill., where the Le Claire Hotel hosted dances.They also made regular trips back to where they met: Credit Island Golf Course.“At Christmas time, they had dances every night for two weeks,” Richard says.Always be on time There’s no such thing as fashionably late; ladies must be ready when their date arrived.
Always be on time Today it is still considered rude to keep your date waiting for any longer than 5 minutes.“They always had dances on Sunday afternoon to a jukebox so we decided to meet there,” Bette says of her and Richard. “We never jitterbugged, we couldn’t quite catch that but the swing, it was the era of the big bands.Anyway, we met at Credit Island and we danced and we talked and he went home and I went home.At least two or three days’ notice was required for a lady’s diary and times to collect and return your young lady were critical.Competing for time Modern daters are busy with their lives, and if they’re not around when the phone rings, it is acceptable to call back when convenient or to arrange a second date through a text or email.Respond immediately to your date invitation If a lady was lucky enough to be asked out, it was her duty to respond immediately and of course with absolute politeness.