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Outdated Relationship Advice

Worried about making conversation on a first date? Hey, at least you can talk freely. These antiquated tips, culled from old books and magazines, were sound advice until the 1960s. Talk about dated.

By Caitlin Moscatello
Woman and boyfriend on sofaGraham Roumieu

1936
“Don’t insist upon talking all the time about the books you have recently read or the scientific subject in which you are interested. You will probably find that the theme that will interest the lady most is some variation of: ‘Do you love me and if so how much?’ and after all, that is a subject in which you are both most interested.” —Dos and Don’ts for Lovers

1938
“Don’t be familiar with your escort by caressing him in public. Any open show of affection is in bad taste, and usually embarrasses or humiliates him.” —Click Parade Magazine

1943
“Be a good listener. Let him tell you his troubles; yours will seem trivial in comparison.” —Edward Podolsky’s Sex Today in Wedded Life

1959
“If he’s made plans for the evening, don’t try to change them, no matter how much you hanker to see the double feature at the Palace or to show off your beau to the gang at the Pizzateria. Boys resent bitterly, and they have every right to, the idea that they’re being manipulated or pushed around on a date.” —Elizabeth Keiffer’s McCall’s Guide to Teen-Age Beauty and Glamour

1964
“To remain eligible, a woman must have youth or successfully counterfeit youth.” —Cosmopolitan

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