Bowman comes "Choosing for Happiness," a dating how-to guide for young women in 1950, courtesy of the Prelinger Archive.
Our narrator, Mary, who is relatively unfamiliar with the social scene on campus, looks to her friend Eve for advice in navigating the tricky dating waters.
After reflecting on Eve’s bad dates, Mary tells her friend that it is actually who needs to change, not the men. telling the men where she would like to go on their outings, preferring not to stay inside and watch them build boats, and expressing frustration when they flirt with other women).
"Radiocarbon ages" are calculated from f M using the exponential decay relation and the "Libby half-life" 5568 a.
The ages are expressed in years before present (BP) where "present" is defined as AD 1950.
The gentleman was expected to pick up his date at her home, meet her parents before taking her out and bringing the girl home at a reasonable hour.
When a girl mentioned being cold, a chivalrous man was expected to take his coat off and drape it over her shoulders or bring his date flowers to let her know he is thinking of her.
While date activities may have remained the same, the way in which people communicate and customs surrounding dating have changed drastically. One dating style in the 50s was men would always pay for the date.