Many weeks, sometimes months, elapsed between messages. Communications were often disrupted, but letters somehow found their target. It hadn't reached the large areas of the poorer people, and guess what? Soldiers, sailors and airmen cold be posted anywhere at the drop of a hat, and they and their girls took brief pleasures. And, as the 1950s ended and the "Swinging Sixties" began we entered a period leading to the allegedly free love of the 1970s.
More urgency came into dating in this awful period of history. And, pretty much for the first time, women joined the forces. In the UK even homosexuality was made legal, in December 1967, and, while not actively encouraged by the authorities, the brave new era of homosexual dating began.
Formal, stiff, and very unromantic by today's view.
And yet I'm sure all that repression led to some stupendous sex later. And long distance courtships between continents were carried on by letters carried by steamship. More effective weapons brought the fight into the homes of ordinary people. As life expectancy became briefer the morality was thrust aside and sex and dating were often synonymous.
They are Champagne (gold) in colour, and come with a key.
It's safest that way & keeps private issues private...Probably we should not go back to cavemen, and there is no data there anyway. At the turn of the last century dating was very much restricted, generally worldwide. Contraception was not available and fear of pregnancy was immense.So dating was supervised, chaperoned and restricted. Look at "Pride and Prejudice" to give a taster of what it had been like previously, for example.Dating carried on very much on two levels, and Marie Stopes had started giving contraceptive advice. A few pioneers started sites that did a bit here and there, but they mostly required huge IT departments to run and were uneconomic as dating engines.Back Street abortions were still a flourishing cottage industry, but the use of condoms had started. Relational database technology was useful but costly.