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However, by the turn of the 20th century we find the word being used to describe lower-class men and women going out socially to public dances, parties and other meeting places, primarily in urban centers where women had to share small apartments and did not have spacious front parlors in their homes to which to invite men to call.

With the rise of the entertainment culture, with its movie houses and dance halls and their universal appeal across class lines, dating quickly moved up the socio-economic ladder to include middle- and upper-class men and women, as well as the new urbanites.

By the late 1940s and early 1950s demographic realities began to sink in: There was a shortage of men.

After World War II, due in part to the fact that 250,000 men never came home, for the first time in the United States, women outnumbered men.

Instead, it was a "competitive game," a way for girls and boys to demonstrate their popularity.

In 1937, sociologist Willard Waller published a study in the .

These dates had to be highly visible, and with many different people, or they didn't count." Ken Myers summarizes this system, " catchwords hammered home, reinforced from all sides until they became the natural vocabulary.

You had to rate in order to date, to date in order to rate.

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.

Downtown Chicago was the real dating Capitol of that time. And that dear reader was how you dated as a teenager.

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