How to Date... the 1949 Edition

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Your guide to dating, including this gem:

"Hey Ann? Whatcha doing Saturday night?"
"Well, I guess I'm busy."
"Oh, yeah? Any chance of giving him the push-off for me?"
"Well, of all the nerve!!!"


I also enjoy that our hero, Woody, is wearing a sport coat to go the "Hi-Teen Carnival."

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Photo via John Stodder in Exile

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I'm in my mid-twenties and I've always been a big fan of these films and many other older films. They're hokey and funny but very educational at the same time. My friend (another film buff) and I were watching a program about restoring and saving old educational films and a clip another one of these dating ones was included. It brought about a dicussion about how teen "dating" had changed so much since the 40's and 50's and we were wondering why everyone in our school was "going steady" and had to be in what were way too serious of relationships, instead of just "going to the sockhop with Brad on Friday and the drive-in with David on Saturday." It always baffled us how it changed so much and someone couldn't just "go out on a date" without something more serious being implied.
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