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15 Highly Questionable Pieces Of Vintage Dating Advice

Tumblr user Questionable Advice and Advertisements has been rounding up real, century-old dating advice. Spoiler alert: it ain’t pretty.

1. Trying to slim down before a big date? Here’s a tried-and-true method:

How She Became Beautiful, A Guide to the Cultivation and Preservation of Beauty, by Mrs. http://A.H. Emms, 1890 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

2. And whatever you do, don’t wear earrings.

The San Francisco Call; Sunday, September 22, 1912 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

3. Don’t be picky about who you date.

Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by http://C.H. Kent, 1880 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

4. Men: Beware the solo hottie. Women: Travel in packs.

The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

5. This should go without saying, but just in case:

The Day Book, June 21, 1916 - Chicago, Ill / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

6. When it comes to choosing dinner ingredients, cheese is out of the question.

Etiquette, Health and Beauty, Frances Stevens and Frances M. Smith, 1889 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

7. Dinner etiquette must incorporate your napkin… or tablecloth.

~ The American Ladies and Gentleman’s Manual of Elegance, Fashion, and True Politeness, Charles William Day, 1852 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

On second thought, nevermind.

Mrs. Owen’s Cook Book and Useful Household Hints, by http://F.E. Owens, 1903 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

8. Remember that making jokes at dinner is a bad move.

How to Be a Lady, Containing Useful Hints on the Formation of Character, Harvey Newcomb, 1850 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

9. Want to see your lover more often? Getting engaged is your only option.

The Home Manual. Everybody’s Guide in Social, Domestic and Business Life, 1889 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

10. If you do plan to get engaged, don’t you DARE ask/accept after dinner on a moonlit evening.

The Spinster Book, by Myrtle Reed, 1901 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

11. And keep in mind what you’re in for.

Making Friends and Keeping Them, by Katherine E. Conway, 1899 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

12. If you want more friends and lovers, leaving them is the best thing you can do.

Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

13. Spellcheck those love notes, y’all.

The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

14. It’s pretty much impossible to have a happy marriage.

The Spinster Book, by Myrtle Reed, 1901 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

15. If you’re ever confused about love, remember this:

Modern Woman and How to Manage Her, Walter Gallichan, 1910 / Via questionableadvice.tumblr.com

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