Dating dos and don ts 1949
First, we should start by telling you that Coronet was a major producer of these short-lived classroom training films, which were purposefully designed to teach traditionally social conservative values to high school students, beginning in 1946 (they began tapering off by the mid-50s, although Coronet actually lasted until the mid-70s).
Coronet dominated the educational film market, in part, because it had its own Hollywoodesque production studio, located in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, which can only be described as prolific in its output, cranking out approximately one film every four days, a pace unmatched by its competitors (which included even larger companies, like Centron Corporation for Young America Films, and occasionally by better-known companies such as Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company, Encyclopædia Britannica and Crawley Films (for the Mc Graw-Hill Book Company).
“Don’t talk while dancing.” This wonderful nugget, via the blog Sad and Useless, was actually part of a bizarre illustrated dating guide for women in 1938 (which, in the past few years, has made the Internet go crazy with pointing and laughing).
The advice here would have killed every dance every kid attended from junior high through college. How else do you break the awkwardness that is the slow dance? He will love you for it, and, you know, it will make you feel extremely feminine.” She-Manners: The Teen Girl’s Book of Etiquette (published in 1959) might be my favorite book ever.
The boys in particular saw themselves more similar to Marlon Brando’s character Johnny from , the 1953 movie directed by László Benedek.
While mental hygiene films preached clean thinking, good grooming, lawfulness, togetherness, sobriety and safety, teenage boys wanted nothing more than to be sloppy, reckless, sullen, high, dirty-minded, independent delinquents.
There are an inordinate number of vintage instructional videos currently on You Tube. Don’t obsess over that weird nerve-induced thing you blurted out (e.g. Sloooow down there, buddy – no matter how into this person you are, don’t go changing your Facebook relationship status just yet! are actually interested in the other person, not how to make them interested in you.Still, since the dawn of humans going out together in the hopes that someday they will marry and procreate, the world has thought it has the right to tell us how to date and this usually requires telling us how to behave to “catch” a partner.