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Catch It While You Can

Below is the ultimate guide to finding a man from the 1950 and 60s…. Don’t laugh, these were the guides that I found. And remember, these are (definitely) not my suggestions!

Age is no criteria when you want to attract a man. Let’s face it, every healthy, well balanced woman wants to have a man in her life
Womans World, Alleyne M Jukes, 1960.
Before you can attract the opposite sex, you must make sure your appearance and dress are attractive to the man you wish to impress. Makeup, when applied properly, can work wonders on the face. A neat and becoming hair style will give self confidence and a stunning appearance. Correct posture, good grooming, a pleasant voice and interesting conversation can make you the centre of attraction. The charming, well mannered and thoughtful woman will never be without an escort. Be considerate and genuinely interested in him and he wont be able to resist.

Here are some tips:

  1. Be Attentive
    Men need to feel your attention when they speak to you. Look into his eyes. Your eyes will say more than your words. Use them. It will appear you are hanging on his every word.
  2. Show Enthusiasm
    Always be enthusiastic when you greet him and show sincere pleasure whenever you meet. Self consciousness on any of your flaws is not of interest to him, it can hinder the friendship.
  3. Use Discretion
    Men do not like brashness in women but, when necessary a little enterprise on your part will give him a sense of importance. If you want an introduction to a man and there is no one to do it for you, then smile in his direction in case he is shy. Maybe another alternative is to make a comment on the weather to start a conversation.
  4. His Intentions
    When you have his interest and sufficient time has past and you know that you like him, then go on a short trip. Make sure it is long enough that he realises that he cant get by without you as “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Don’t stay with a man that will just keep you dangling. An unsatisfactory relationship will prevent you from meeting someone with the same intentions as yours.
https://www.rd.com/list/ridiculous-dating-etiquette-rules-from-the-1950s/

While I have to say that I do not agree with many of these suggestions above, in the 1950s this would have been what the everyday woman would have experienced in her dating life.

We should be grateful with the Feminist movement that these expectations and attitudes have changed. Though we need to be mindful that some cultures and the older generations may have similar attitudes. I think the best advice that I could give anyone when going on a date is just be yourself. If things do not work out, at least you could have made another friend.

Back soon….

Ridiculously Retro Xx

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