Galoshes! and Dating

October 5, 1962

A reprinted article from February 11, 1922 in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary described the "love code" of galoshes, saying that many women at the college indicated their stages of "fastenedness" or "unfastenedness" based upon the number of buckles they left open or closed.

No buckles open = married

One buckle open = I am not looking for a sweetheart

Two buckles open = Engaged to be married

Three buckles open = Not engaged to be married

Four buckles open = Have a sweetheart, but not engaged

Five buckles open = Have no sweetheart, but would like one; or, too tired to stoop over

Location of Document in Archives
Dickinsonian October 5, 1962, pg. 7