According to Moira Weigel, a doctoral candidate at Yale and the author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, dating has evolved drastically over the years.And it turns out, dating as we know it isn’t that old.
Isolated to some degree from the world of adults, but still subject to public scrutiny and the guardianship of university officials, Canadian university campuses served both as spaces for the reinforcement of mainstream heterosexual norms, and as youth-dominated spaces where those same norms could be contested and reshaped.
With better public transportation and the feminization of downtowns, more and more women patronized tea rooms and restaurants in and around department stores.
Due to growing sentiment against drinking, the saloon free lunch was on the skids by mid-decade.
Authorities suspected that many of the restaurants did not actually serve meals but just wanted to evade laws which forced saloons to close on Sundays.
Nevertheless, the trend would increasingly become genuine and bars would be turned into lunch counters and soda fountains.