Then, a white shirt and a neck tie was considered appropriate. And instead of honking a horn we rang the bell and went to the door. Her Mother wore an apron around her waist and her Father extended his hand to shake mine.
Ok, I was without any of these too so my brothers and Father pitched in. You were supposed to bring your date flowers as a matter of courtesy. He should have known I was shaking beside the hand shake. I got through the first part of my date successfully.
My granddaughter's date honked the horn and out she came.When I asked my daughter why they young man didn't come in the house for the "look over", the response was "Father you're so old fashioned'. How did one date in the late 1940's and the 1950's?My older brother gave me his suit to wear and mercifully it fit. Luckily Pops had a shirt that fit me along with a neck tie that was wide and loud. And the last wardrobe requirement, make sure your shoes were shined to impress your date. And, hold on: make sure you walk on her right side and protect her from any possible auto hitting her. And oh yes, don't forget to open the door for your girlfriend and mind your manners. First, lake sure you got to the movie theatre before they changed the price of admission. Everyone liked the restaurant and it was less expensive than most other places at that time. After the movie we went to the restaurant, Hoe Sai Gai which was on Randolph St.(In those years prices changed depending on the time of day). And lastly, I had to make sure I had enough for the bus fare to return home. and is now the present site of The Chicago City Hall.
Yes, I was making 50 cents an hour and had to figure out how to have a nice time and have money left for car fare. We walked down the stairs and to the nearest bus station. Annie Get your Gun with Howard Keel and the fabulous Betty Hudson. (Bet you didn't know that.) After dinner the date was over and it was the proper time to bring my date home. And I was about a year away from meeting the love of my life, my wife of 55 years.Very few people owned cars in that era and walking and public transportation were the main means of travel. There was Samson and Delilah with Heddy Lamarr and Victor Mature. And James Dean even appeared in a Pepsi commercial which was was the start of his career. We arrived at her apartment and I took her to the door, thanked her for a wonderful evening, shook her hand and left. I never did kiss her since we never had a second date. Memories light the corner of my mind and I hope yours too.