How to Catch a Man in the Roaring Twenties

imageFor the past few centuries, books have been written to instruct young women on matters relating to manners, beauty, and marriage. Most of these have been written by men, of course, and most are tedious tomes, but some can be highly entertaining as we look back and think, “Really? You’ve got to be kidding!” The 1920s saw the introduction of the Flapper, a young woman who flouted society’s conventions, including those that related to men and marriage. Most men (and most women) found this horrifying; some few found it liberating. Needless to say, books like these can be very helpful in setting the scene and making my readers feel as if they have stepped back in time.

I recently came across an interesting blog post that summarizes one of these books. Or, I should say, eight of these books, as they were a set of volumes devoted to catching a man. Check this out:

https://smileandgun.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/miss-innocent-and-johnny-hopeful-five-steps-to-marriage-in-1922/

Or, if you want to read the original books, published in 1922, you can do so online here:

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/api/volumes/oclc/37886051.html

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Published in: on March 1, 2015 at 8:19 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Thanks so much for linking! Glad you liked the post :). What did you think of the original 1922 volumes?

    • I was floored that the advice for unmarried women, in any era, would boil down to: pretend to be someone you aren’t so you can catch the interest of someone who wouldn’t otherwise care for you. Or for married women: treat your man like a helpless child so he’ll rely on you for motherly support for the rest of his life. Pitiful. I only wonder how widely read these books were. I can’t imagine reading the entire series of 8.

  2. The article is really interesting… though the ‘advice’ is really… well… 😦

    • But it shows how amazingly far we’ve come in such a short time. In the Great Scheme of Things, 90 years is very short to have made such profound sociological changes.


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