‘The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are, your date will never call you again!’ Hilarious 1930s dating rules show some things don’t change
- The 1938 dating guide includes sepia photo illustrations
- Book also warns against going braless and and chewing gum
- Says public displays of affection will ‘humiliate’ your date
- Also advises not to talk to your date while dancing
Some sound like common sense. Others appear ridiculously old-fashioned. But, whether now or in the 1930s, getting absolutely plastered on a first date probably won’t do you any favours.
The ‘don’t get drunk’ rule is part of the advice doled out to women in an amusingly illustrated dating guide published by Click Parade magazine in 1938.
Along with laying off the booze, other pearls of wisdom from the American publication include not being too sentimental, an exhortation not to sit awkwardly and a stern warning about being careless.
Boring! Women are advised not to talk about fashion or clothes if they want to impress their date
Want to chew gum? It’s not advised but if you have to, do it with your mouth closed. And don’t sit awkwardly
Others highlight the perils of being over-affectionate, talking while dancing and skipping your brassiere when dressing.
‘Don’t be familiar with your escort by caressing him in public,’ reads the caption under a sepia photograph of a very worried looking man and his amorous date.
‘Any open show of affection is in bad taste, usually humiliates or embarrasses him.’
Another pearl of 1930s wisdom reads: ‘Don’t be familiar with the head waiter, talking about the fun you had with someone else another time.
‘Men deserve, desire your entire attention.’
Faux pas: Over-familiarity with the head waiter is a big no-no according to the dating guide
Don’t be sentimental: Men don’t like tears in public places, advises the 1930s dating guide
Dressed for dating: Make sure you’re fully dressed before your date arrives – and don’t forget that bra!
Minimal make-up: Keep your lipstick to yourself, says the guide, and definitely not on his handkerchief
Although the old-fashioned rules are unlikely to win them many admirers among feminists, others, such as the many exhortations not to drink to much, will appeal to many.
One particularly entertaining example reads: ‘Don’t drink too much as a man expects you to keep your dignity all evening.
‘Drinking may make some girls seem clever, but most get silly.’
Another says: ‘Don’t be conspicuous talking to other men. The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are, your date will never call you again!’
Few men – or women – could take issue with that.
Don’t be careless! And try not to talk to him while you’re dancing – the 1930s man doesn’t like it
Drinking – it’s not clever: Worse, says the guide, it makes most girls very silly indeed
Bad idea: Getting plastered and flirting with other men is a one-way ticket to getting dumped
Article originally appeared on the Daily Mail and was written by Ruth Styles.