In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge.
We have moved on, ever so slightly, to the further exploits of Scotty Bowers in 1946. In this portion of the book, he’s discussing life in Los Angeles.
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Here we go:
My live-in girlfriend Betty never questioned me, even when I got home after dawn. With a regular paycheck coming in we were able to move to a nice little apartment not too far from the station. Although we never took the plunge by getting married, within a couple of months Betty was pregnant.
Well that seems ordinary enough. And it is, today, when we have the typical boilerplate of “John Jones and his fiancee, Tiffany, with whom he has three children.”
But believe it or not, the practice of couples living together didn’t become commonplace until the 1970s (trust me, I was there). I would have to see if there’s much data to back that up, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that POSSLQ became a necessary term.
I’m not saying that it didn’t occur, but I would say that any couple who cohabited in the 1940s were considered far outside the norms of society – Bohemian artists, people at the low end of the economic scale, or folks who were just unconventional. For mainstream, middle-class white people, this would be considered deviant behavior.
And to have a child from such a relationship and not give it up for adoption? This may seem nothing out of the ordinary today, but in 1946, it would been shocking behavior. I wonder what they told the landlord.