1930s dating rules

This blog is dedicated to dramaturgical research related to the lives lived in the spotlights and footlights of 1930s Hollywood and Broadway as depicted in Edna Ferber's and George S. You’ll learn how to act like a proper lady or gentleman on a date, you’ll be bombarded by advertisements from Life Magazine in the 1930s, and so much more! In the 1930s, there began a movement toward a more the ladylike appearance.

(Because who would want to mess with your doll when you tower over someone!

More luxurious gowns were kept and only worn for evenings.

New fabrics were popping up all over the place, like metallic lame that was very popular at night and made to shimmer even more by adding plastic sequins and glass beads.

And then I turn to new words that refer to the changing relationship between men and women at this time.

As discussed in the book Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A decade-by-decade guide to the vanishing vocabulary of the twentieth century (Ostler) there were a number of new terms for women in the 1920s, which reflected the news ways in which they were being viewed by others in society.

There are a number of these terms that must have been really colloquial and maybe even localized, because they aren't found at all in the 400 million word COHA corpus, and are quite rare in even the 155 billion word Google Books corpus.

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