1910 s dating and courtship
Courtship customs in North Carolina have generally followed the same trends evident in the rest of the United States, with slight differences owing to the historically agrarian and rural nature of the state.
Activities deemed appropriate and conducive to courting were influenced by the leisure activities of the general population, such as barn raisings, county fairs, and hayrides.
Other early leisure activities where couples could exchange glances and perhaps become acquainted were religious revival and camp meetings; school talent exhibitions; ball games; bicycle, horseback, and buggy rides; ice skating outings; strolls or promenades; and church "dinners on the grounds." Any social occasion was an opportunity for couples to get to know each other, and North Carolinians have not lacked for dinners, dances, balls, plays, pageants, ice cream socials, church homecomings, parades, weddings, christenings, guitar "picking" sessions, and sing-alongs on the front porch or around the piano in the parlor.
Women wore lockets containing the hair of their beloved, while men carried pictures of their loved one close to their hearts.
World War I fueled the pen pal courtship; girls felt it was their patriotic duty to write to lonely soldiers.
Broadcast messages of love were sent from overseas back to sweethearts in North Carolina.
Driving became a favorite pastime and, coupled with a leisurely picnic, an ideal courting activity.
The automobile provided the means to conduct the private act of courtship in the public world.
Going to the movies was "buying dark and privacy in a crowd." Keeping company in the parlor was replaced with Coke dates, movies, and "parking." Going to the movies on Saturday night became a standard date, and drive-in movies and lovers' lanes provided places for couples to nurture their relationships.During war times, couples courted their loved ones with letters and messages sent through friends and acquaintances.The practice died out in the early 1800s as bigger houses with front parlors became the norm.Disdain from outsiders and pressures from clergy also hastened bundling's demise.Two innovations that dramatically changed courtship practices in the state and nation were automobiles and the movies.With the appearance of the automobile, particularly closed cars, a couple's "mobile parlor" enabled them to attend parties and dances in towns miles away.