Personally, I find this fact hilarious, especially due to the complete 180 done by society on casual dating. Pre-war, "going steady" was a label reserved for very serious relationships where the couple would be getting married soon, and it wasn't until the 1950s that the term stated being applied more liberally to include mutually exclusive dating.Going steady was a structured process, which many at the time thought resembled a "play marriage." Promise rings and other jewelry, as well as Letterman Jackets and other clothing of the boyfriend worn by his main squeeze signified that the two were an exclusive item.The car’s owner and the plant’s owner sue Mary’s estate for destruction of property. [Thanks jeff, for the addition] Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse.He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities.So, in case you ever think that you were born in the "wrong generation," here are a few ways that dating in the 1950s might look a trip to the Twilight Zone to you today.Unlike the personal dinner and movie dates of today, it was very common for groups of couples to go out together at this time.1957: Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. 1957: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
The list is American-centric, but everyone will enjoy it I am sure. 2007: Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.
Group dates were actually encouraged as first dates for many suitors, as it relieved the tension and awkwardness of the first few "romantic" times together for a couple.
This was a time where community organizations like the YMCA were culturally popular, and these organizations would hold larger events (dances, hikes and shows) often, further encouraging group dating. The culturally appropriate thing for both teen-aged girls and boys was to be very shy when it came to dating, so very often your friends would set you up with a stranger to overcome this shyness.
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An idealic, postwar time of America where if you were white and middle class, your life was pretty great.
So, it was common for you to be going on as many first dates as Drew Barrymore, lest you be tempted to be a hormonal teenager.