Teen dating in 1950
In the fifties, they’d go to a malt shop, pizza parlor, bowling alley, or drive-in movie theater.
I finally tracked one down at the New York Public Library.
Drive-in movie theaters, soda shops, and school dances were all part of the standard high school dating ritual.
If you have seen Grease, you probably think you have a pretty clear picture of what dating was like in the 1950s.
Thanks to increased access to birth control, couples in the professional and managerial classes were stopping after their second or third kid.
These parents did not have to exercise the kind of severe discipline that had been needed to keep order in households of nine or ten.