key clubs

Whenever teachers get to talking about the good old days, I get a sneaking suspicion that either they are not old enough to remember those days or they are so old they don’t remember them.

One feature of suburban life back then was key clubs. Never heard of them? Just wait….

In key clubs, suburban couples in the 1950s would hold a party at someone’s house and at the end of the evening the wives would throw their house keys into a pile on the floor. The husbands would pick a key at random and go home for the night with the owner.

I am sure that only a tiny percentage of couples did this and I also think that a tiny percentage of students and parents engage in bizarre and outrageous behavior, but they are the ones who get all the attention.

If you are curious about 1950s small town life, read the classic Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. I grew up in a small town and can attest to the crazy goings-on there.

Also, I did a lot of marriage counseling when I was a therapist and have some data on marginal sexual practices. I really don’t think the 21st century has anything on the one I came out of.

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