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Weddings Of the 1950s
"Two beauty baskets of yellow gladioli and white snapdragons and
altar vases of white snapdragons decorated the altar. Two seven branch
candelabra completed the setting."
WEARS ORIGINAL GOWN
Given in marriage by her father the bride wore a Diane Rose original of
ice blue faille. The fitted bodice was fashioned with a scalloped
neckline and cap sleeves. Tiny self covered buttons closed
the front. Unpressed pleats fashioned the full skirt of the floor length
Attached to her headpiece of braided satin was a shoulder
length veil of Illusion. Nylon mitts completed her ensemble.
She carried a colonial style bouquet of tiny pink rosebuds and white
narcissi showered with pink ribbon.
Mrs. R. E. S., Jeromesville, was the bride's only attendant. Her gown
of coral nylon tulle over taffeta was fashioned with a formal draped bodice, worn with a removable jacket
of coral faille.
She wore a crown headpiece studded with rhinestones and
trimmed with net. Her colonial bouquet consisted of blue irises and shower
For her daughter's wedding, Mrs. O. chose a brown crepe dress with
beige accessories. The bridegroom's mother was attired in a blue crepe dress with navy
accessories. Each wore a corsage of white hyacinths.
Married Life in the '50s
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December 29, 1958
The Single Life In the '50s
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RETRO-SPECTIVE - BECOMING A HOUSEWIFE:
1950s Romance, Courtship & Marriage
"If you are 30 years old and aren't married, something is wrong."
Tired of waiting by the phone on a Saturday night? Yearning for that
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According to my mother, who is becoming the ultimate authority on all
things 50s, times were innocent in the 50s. Men and Women could pal
around as friends, go skiing together, and there was "never any hanky
On those aforementioned ski trips, the gals bunked together and the guys
did likewise. Nice thing about the 50s was that the boys always picked
up the tab, whether they were dining out (steak) or swishing down the slopes at
Week-ends, folks back then always had a date; the man would call up the
woman and say something like "Say, how about going out with me on
Saturday night for a steak?"
If this invitation was accepted, then the man paid for the steak too.
But there was never any hanky panky.
But then there is this: The Dark Side of Dating in the 1950s
"This was in the fifties. For some reason I started thinking of
my little apartment over a one car garage---which would also make
interesting telling. But my main recollection was of the many
abortions I was privy to while living there.
There were two women in the main house: one was in her thirties,
the other was my age (early twenties), The older one was a call girl
for her company. When they had visiting business men, she would be
their "date"--(smirky face). I learned about this because the
younger one (CJ) was talked into going along for "dinner" and found
to her chagrin why she was invited. Of course she declined to
participate (she had a boyfriend and also didn't need the money). Of
course the older one ---Samantha---of all things, regularly got
pregnant (I got this all from CJ) and went as regularly to Watts to
a nice black lady who performed the abortion for $25.
One night Samantha came home and brought me a present of the
harpsichord recordings of Wanda Landowska---she must have gotten a
bundle that night.
CJ poor dumb kid also got pregnant several times.
Once she had to wrap herself in several sheets and taxi-it to the
hospital leaving quite a bloody cab. Finally she decided to go home
to South Carolina, and we heard of another abortion and the birth of
a baby boy. Boy was she fertile. There must not have been any
contraception then. Another close friend of mine also had an
abortion. but got infected and spent a week in the hospital. As I
look back on this it seems to me that pregnancy was rife and so was
access to shady abortions."
Recollection of the 1950s, Name Withheld Upon Request
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Attitudes Towards Dating in 1950
Of 900 teenagers surveyed, the majority
said their generation
starts dating earlier than
a generation ago.
The youngsters were inclined to blame
modern society in general for encouraging early dating through school and youth club
activities and what one boy
termed "community togetherness."
Even more than the
teachers (surveyed), teenagers were inclined
to point a finger at the easy
accessibility of the family car
on date nights.
Parental emphasis on dancing lessons,
acquiring social graces, establishing status in the community by
joining the local teen-age social whirl and similar evidences of
coaxing by Mom and Dad were cited as contributing factors to the
early dating trend.
"Jealousy is a problem,"
conceded a 15-year-old student. "You
can't even look at another
girl without your steady getting
"When you break up with a
steady, it's hard to get back
in the social whirl. You've
kind of lost touch."
But where the teachers were concerned
about such things as pregnancy, early marriage and fist fights in
the school yard, the kids were faced with such. problems as jealous
love, finding the right steady and unloading the wrong steady.
"The big problem is how to get rid of a steady that you don't want
to go steady with anymore,"
Of the entire group interviewed
(both those going steady and those playing the field), 45 per cent thought the habit was bad for their set, 17 per cent thought it good and 38 per cent hadn't made up their minds.