"If I live to be a hundred, I will never quite understand how seeing a woman fasten her stockings to her suspenders can excite male senses in a way that no other eyeful can. When it came to the art of tease, the women of pre-war and immediate post-war Britain were most certainly masters of their craft. They knew how to maintain male interest without surrendering their virtue during a lengthy courtship period while still keeping the pot boiling for another day.
My mother's influence in my life led me in adult years to place my trust more in a woman's instinct than a man's reason. She would whisper in my ear whenever I went courting, 'Billy, if love isn't worth the wait, it isn't worth the having!' and having given birth to seven children, I reckoned she knew something about both waiting and having!
Unlike the growing need of today's young for immediate gratification, the years between 1940 and the 1950s was the era when men learned to live on little more than a 'promise' during a lengthy engagement period until their wedding night........or was this all a myth designed to keep our undies on and our hands off? Please let me know if you lived through these times and know different. It will stay a secret. Promise!" William Forde: June 21st, 2015.