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From Front Porch to Back Seat : Courtship in Twentieth-Century America
by Beth L. Bailey


Overview - 'One day, the 1920s story goes, a young man asked a city girl if he might call on her. We know nothing else about the man or the girl--only that, when he arrived, she had her hat on. Not much of a story to us, but any American born before 1910 would have gotten the punch line.  Read more...

 
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More About From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey
 
 
 
Overview
'One day, the 1920s story goes, a young man asked a city girl if he might call on her. We know nothing else about the man or the girl--only that, when he arrived, she had her hat on. Not much of a story to us, but any American born before 1910 would have gotten the punch line. 'She had her hat on': those five words were rich in meaning to early twentieth-century Americans. The hat signaled that she expected to leave the house. He came on a 'call, ' expecting to be received in her family's parlor, to talk, to meet her mother, perhaps to have some refreshments or to listen to her play the piano. She expected a 'date, ' to be taken 'out' somewhere and entertained. He ended up spending four weeks' savings fulfilling her expectations.'--from From Front Porch to Back Seat

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801839351
  • ISBN-10: 0801839351
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: August 1989
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.94 x 5.92 x 0.54 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.64 pounds


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