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Mystery Date

Updated on November 14, 2014

The Mystery Date

If anyone out there remembers the old Milton-Bradley "Mystery Date" game, they will remember that the dud was not what any player wanted. The game of yesterday is still the game of today. It was the idea of the century, based on the game of Life (no pun intended.)

The Mystery Date Commercial 1965

Oh, this is priceless. The game was brilliant in design, yet simple in principle. It was somewhat educational, as a girl would never consider being improperly dressed for her date. Everyone wanted to go to the prom, and no girl in her right mind wanted to end up with a poorly dressed "dud."

Mystery Date: The Board Game - You can still find the original game on eBay . . .

You can find the 1970s version, too. In the 1970s game, a picnic date replaced the bowling date. (The 'dud' was a geek named, "Poindexter.") Most recently, the movie "High School Musical 3" was so popular that game makers produced a "High School Musical 3 Mystery Date Game."

Mystery Date: One Gal's Guide To Good Stuff

The Mystery Date by Lynn Peril

While researching information about the Mystery Date Game, I happened upon The Mystery Date: One Gal's Guide To Good Stuff. According to her web site, author Lynn Peril decided to write the "Mystery Date" zine after she was presented with the 1965 board game as a gift from her future husband.

Lynn Peril's Mystery Date: One Gal's Guide to Good Stuff is a fanzine devoted to the writer's self proclaimed "obsession with used books. She is particularly fond of old sex and dating manuals, etiquette and self-help books, and health, beauty and fashion guides. She loves 40s, 50s, and 60s home economics books, too.

Ms. Peril also wrote, "Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons " (W.W. Norton, 2002), a book described as "a pop-culture history of the perilous path to achieving the feminine ideal." You can read more about Lynn Perl, Mystery Date and Pink Think HERE and HERE.

Pink Think - What does it take to become the ideal woman?**

"From board games to beauty pageants, Pink Think: Becoming A Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons is a smart, witty, pop-culture history of the perilous path to achieving the feminine ideal."

Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons
Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons

"Women from the 1940s to the 1970s were coaxed to "think pink" by persuasive advertisements and meticulous (though often misguided) advice experts. Feminine perfection meant conforming to a mythical standard, one that would come wrapped in an adorable pink package, of course. With a savvy eye for curious, absurd, and at times wildly funny period artifacts, Lynn Peril gathers here the memorabilia of the era--from the dreaded yet intriguing "Dud" of the Mystery Date board game and the impossibly glossy Campus Queen lunch box to a daunting array of self-proclaimed authorities whose books and magazine articles promised readers everything they needed to attain "true feminine success."


Coming Soon - Mystery Date II

Mystery Date II

One Guy's Guide To Good Stuff

40s, 50s, and 60s Pop Culture.

Although the Mystery Date Game was created for fun, it is also a reflection of a time and place in American history. Mystery Date was designed to enlighten and entertain, and so was this lens. This work in progress is scheduled for frequent updates. You are always welcome to stop back to see what's new. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by. If you like what you see so far, drop me a line. You can also use the Mystery DateBook to share some of your "good stuff," too.

© 2014 Tonie Cook

Mystery Date Book

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      I think Lynn may have missed the power of certain mens accessories, such as the blood red ascot, a perfectly chilled martini glass, and the smoking jacket that speaks of intrigue and mystery.