Teen dating in 1950

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Girls knew that as much as they liked a boy, they should not permit a kiss on the first date.

It certainly wouldn’t do to let the boy know you were interested. Unlike today, there were many organised activities enabling boys and girls to meet and mix with potential dates in a safe and supportive environment.

Closer to the time of the date make-up had to be applied, this usually taking a long time, as everything had to be exactly right.

There were many dating behaviours considered etiquette in those days.

The ritual involved washing and setting their hair in curlers to get the big bouffant look of the 60s.

Then finger nails had to be painted and clothes put out ready.

This list is for YA/teen romance novels originally published from 1950 to 1959. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site.

The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content (eg. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book.Most teenage dates happened on Saturday nights and were usually to the movies or a local dance.The boy was expected to call and collect the girl from her home, usually meeting the parents.If Sunday youth club had gone well a girl would sit waiting near the phone all week, hoping the boy of her choice would call.If her parents happened to take the phone call, she would try and act disinterested, hoping the call was for her.

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