Dating, the Encyclopedia Britannica Way

Here’s “Beginning to Date,” made by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1953, one of those “hygiene films” they showed in health classes in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In this one, a guy named George wants to take a girl named Mildred to the Winter Frolic dance (“finally, a REAL party!”), but he’s never dated before and doesn’t know how, and gee whiz. Fortunately, he has the foresight to solve his problem in the way all problems were solved back then – he asked his swim coach for advice.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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2 thoughts on “Dating, the Encyclopedia Britannica Way

  1. Heh, “mildred”, there’s an antiquated name.
    Speaking of antiquated, I haven’t seen anyone post a google video anywhere in ages.

    Whever I see one of these old educational videos, it always makes me think of nick @ night’s “how to be swell” clips from the 80s.

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