COURTING IN THE 1950's During the 1950's, it was common knowledge, at least to girls, that there was a process to the whole courtship ritual -- that there were stages to a lasting relationship.
First, when you are young, you associate with boys in the playground, and do not seriously form any romantic relationships with them.
When a man "calls" upon a woman, he usually shows up at her house during an "at home" session and presents his card to the maid who then gives it to the young lady.
In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.
Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.
Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
But when dating replaced calling, the males held most of the power, for they paid for the date, drove the automobiles, and came by the girl's house only to pick her up.
Dating had actually been around for a while before the 1950's, but since the presence of the teenager became ever more prevalent and public, dating became more and more popular and routinized.
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
When calling was practiced, the female in the relationship held most of the power because men came to see house with her parents present.
Then you progress to flirting and talking to them which leads into dating.