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Dating Advice From '30s

Flashback: Depression-Era Dating Dos and Don'ts

There's nothing like outdated dating rules to put things into perspective. From do wear a bra to don't look bored (even if you are), vintage advice typically manages to be useless, degrading, and hilarious. PBH3 found a dating guide from 1938, complete with pictures that are every bit as bad as the advice. Get a breakdown of dos and don'ts — heavy on the don'ts — after the jump.


Dress in your boudoir to keep your allure.
Put makeup on in private, not where he can see you.
Wear a bra, especially if you need one.
Be careful your stockings aren't wrinkled.
Talk about what he wants to talk about.


Caress him in public. It's embarrassing!
Talk to the waiter; men deserve your undivided attention.
Look bored, even if you are
Get your lipstick on his handkerchief
Talk while dancing, "for when a man dances he wants to dance."
Sit in awkward positions.
Cry, especially in public.
Use the rear-view mirror to put makeup on; he needs it to drive.
Drink too much. While some girls get clever, most get silly.

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Phorrest99 Phorrest99 7 years
LOL some of the Don'ts are hilarious! :)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
HAHA cpf!! so funny!
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
HAHA cpf!! so funny!
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
"dont sit in awkward positions?". umhhh.. lol. I dont even know how to take that? haha. How is supposed to help. Post more of these!! lol.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with genesisrocks... our dating advice will seem pretty silly in 80 years and sometimes already looks pretty stupid to me. I read some dating advice column the other day that said to never get coffee for a date because your date will feel like a business prospect rather than a love interest. I don't get it, I have had plenty of nice coffee dates? I think coffee is a great daytime date... so whatever haha. There will always be someone willing to give out ridiculous advice.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
So true, Genesis! My favorite has to be the last tip - "Don't pass out from too much liquor, he might never call you again" - yeah, cause THAT's what you need to be worrying about if you're constantly drinking yourself unconscious in dates.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I disagree with the waiter comment on two levels. One: acknowledging the waiter is just polite. Two: why should he get ALL my attention? I kinda want to know if my food is going in my mouth or my lap.
cfp cfp 7 years
Damn, I knew I was doing something wrong when my date never called me again. It must have been when I tugged at my girdle after being familiar with him in public. How embarrassing for him! I should have been more considerate.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I'm sure our dating advice is going to look just as stupid in 80 years...for those of us who don't already think current dating advice is stupid.
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
How cute. I love vintage things!
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
these are INCREDIBLE.
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
these are INCREDIBLE.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
For someone supposedly so bad at dating, she gets a lot of dates! If I ever get a date again in my life, I'll remember not to tug at my corset.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
Hah "some girls get clever, most get silly."
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