With prostitution being common for a young man to participate in during the 1920s, many people thought of sin when they heard the word "date." Courtship in America has always turned somewhat on money.A poor man would not have "called upon" the daughter of a well-off family.Men were expected to be economically secure before marriage.This was a problem for most men, as addressed in a 1925 article, "Why Men Won't Marry." In this article, a 24 year old university graduate exclaimed: "Get married!In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
The following images represent a few of the popular automobile styles. 1920 Centerdoor Sedan: Image courtesy of "The Henry Ford", 2006 1920 Coupe: Image courtesy of "The Henry Ford", 2006 1920s Limousine: Image courtesy of Philip Van Doren Stern, A Pictorial History of the Automobile, 1953.Many post-WWI design changes help to distinguish this new era of driving.In 1922, enclosed vehicles were finally affordable and becoming more standard, especially in colder climates.The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.Since lower-class families did not have the resources to entertain potential suitors in their home, many couples began leaving the house to spend time together. During this time, the term "date" was in fact associated with the direct economic exchange of prostitution.