What was dating like in the 1930s
The Roaring 20s party collided headfirst into the 1929 stock market crash.Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating.But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s.13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933.Imagine that the zipper was something that was actually relatively new.A designer by the name of Schiaparelli liked new things as well as new ideas.In fact if there is one distinct difference between the s and s face — it is the simple lack of rouge that these women had!
Competitive dating, or “The Rating and Dating Complex” (by sociologist Willard Waller) dominated youth culture.You didn't get ice cream in small town restaurants, you went to a soda fountain.In the evenings, the soda fountain tables in the drug store "would be full.In 2006, Ted wrote the last one in the series and collected the poems into a limited edition book entitled, "Out of that Moment." In this video segment, Ted (right) reads a Valentine's Day poem that has a rural theme, "Barn Owl." We also have a video podcast version of this poem on the Media Resources page.
1930s Farm Life Surviving the Weather Accidents & Illnesses Feeding the Family Chores Flour Sack Clothes Foodways Bringing Electricity Impact of the REA Building the Lines Changing Rural Homes Changing Farm Work Indoor Plumbing Having Fun Radio Movies Jazz Dancing Dating Family Time Going to School School Days School Programs Community Churches Diversity in Religion Crime Prohibition of Alcohol Who Lived in York Co.?A girl who could resist “going steady” was most desirable. As Beth Bailey wrote, “You had to rate in order to date, to date in order to rate.