"All down the front the girls sat in twopenny deck chairs, waiting to be picked"

Striped deck chairs
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStriped deck chairs - Credit: John Winfield
By the 1930's it was generally accepted that young people could meet and date a number of potential spouses without instant commitment, although pre-marital sex was still widely frowned upon. The onus was always placed on a young man to instigate any sort of courtship.