Wonder what dating was like in the late 20’s and early 30’s?
Read about it in the Haydn Neal Thompson Letters, now online. Hayden was away at military school, and later, college, during 1924-1935. This is a compilation of letters from his extended family members and girl friends during this period, socializing through correspondence and discussing entertainments and dating.
Some things never change. Here’s a short excerpt from a letter written in 1934 by one of Haydn’s girl friends: “I’d be very happy if I could believe you’re really working hard. I’d know then you’d have very little time to play around.”
She apparently was having a bit of fun herself, as later in the same letter she says “The beach party fell thru — one of the fellows had a terrible cold but we had a good party Sat. nite. Gin was plentiful — and did I feel dizzy yesterday!”
And here’s the first paragraph from another girlfriend’s letter in 1924: “If the old saying — ‘True love never runs smooth’ — has any truth in it at all — I can easily say – ours is the truest love of all. Isn’t it terrible the way our affairs are always becoming a mess of tangles?”
Somehow it’s reassuring to know so many things stay the same over time. 🙂