Because a wedding gift display is a concentration of highly desirable items, I would consult local police officials about safety precautions.
Sunday, April 29, 1962 - Kingsport Times-News - Kingsport, Tennessee Young couple, both graduates of San Fernando High School, will reside in Canoga Park following their Santa Barbara honeymoon.
And because it was the early 60s and women weren’t supposed to make noise they weren’t really allowed to slap men across the face and say, “Fool what the fuck do you think you’re doing, we just met” unless they were Elizabeth Taylor or Joan Crawford or some shit. But somehow, deep within herself, Mary suspected that she really had to share the blame. After the movie he’d asked if she’d like to go for a drive. They drove a while, then Carl parked the car in a secluded spot. (And if I did, unlike Mary, I wouldn’t be a fucking doormat about it and let him kiss me anyway.
Because if you do, like poor Mary did, then YOU ARE SHAMED. She didn’t know Carl too well — this was only their second date — but she liked him and she thought he liked her, too. Jesus, Mary, STAND UP FO R YOURSELF.) But anyway, I think making out is great.
Singles apartment complexes began to spring up (starting in California and moving east, natch.) It seems the first such singles enclaves were the South Bay Club in Torrance (every one of its 248 apartment units were rented before construction was even completed), the 130-unit Friday Apartments in North Torrance, the 200-unit Friday Sylmar in Sylmar and the 143-unit Friday U. When the reception is held in a public place, gifts may be shown to friends in the home a few days prior to the wedding day.
The baby boomers were coming of age and for many, marriage could be put off for a few years in order to enjoy the single life and have a bit of a whirl. The free market happily obliged this new phenomenon with an abundance of "Singles-Only" activities, entertainment and even places to live. If the reception is given at home, gifts may be displayed at the time in a separate room.
In my popular post on dating I expressed my desire to well, actually go on a date, and not just make out in some dude’s rec room. I didn’t grow up on The Wonder Years so I have no idea what “rec rooms” are. You knew what you should do and what you shouldn’t. Yes, let’s blame Mary for the fact that Carl IS A FUCKING RAPIST. We don’t even need to go there, because Mary should not have been alone with Carl, ever.
From what I understand, based on films, dating in the 1920s-early 1960s was a fairly simple thing to do: Johnny Mc Johnny would ask Betty Mc Betty if she wanted to go to the ice cream social and she would say yes and they would go and they wouldn’t even “neck” until their 4th date and Johnny would put his school pin on Betty and Betty would call all of her friends and they would all conference call while dancing in capri pants and then they would have a dance contest at prom where the loose gals would sneak in flasks and try to neck with the boys in their convertables and then before you know it Betty needs an abortion. But up until the back alley abortion, dating in the early 60s was clear cut.
The gender dynamics changed such that some girls were not content to be pursued but rather started pursuing directly.
From there, depending on who you are in the food chain and where you are from, the term "Mercenary" comes to mind on how people treat dating.