Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

1940s Kissing Guide Is Ridiculously On Point.

Kissing is like a gateway drug. It can lead to something sexual right at that moment, guarantee a second date that results in more passionate kissing, and even a possible long-term relationship. It can also have a detrimental effect on your love life. One bad kiss and it's all over. Ultimately, there's a right way to kiss and a wrong way to kiss. So in 1942, LIFE Magazine decided to publish a photo guide on how to kiss using stage actors from the 40s. Although the issue is decades behind us, it just comes to show you that the classics still have a lot they can teach us today.

It's all in the basics and can come in handy in modern day romantic life.

It's in the way you're positioned and your significant other is positioned that can have a positive or negative effect in your kissing style or how you look to others, especially if you're doing it in public.

It's all in the basics and can come in handy in modern day romantic life.

The last thing you want to do is kiss like you're standoffish.

This is more appropriate if you're both 5 years old and still believe that girls have cooties and boys are gross. You should never stand too far apart unless you want to look juvenile or like you're hiding a hard-on from her.

The last thing you want to do is kiss like you're standoffish.

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Standing close is fine, but you don't want to go overboard either.

You can stand close and have it be romantic without holding each other like a missle's about to hit you and these are your last moments on Earth.

Standing close is fine, but you don't want to go overboard either.

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Sprawling over the chair is the worst technique you can use.

It's okay. It happens during a moment of heated passion. But it can also put the girl in an ungraceful situation if her skirt ends up riding up when she's sitting in the arm of the chair. Plus it looks like she choked and died and he's trying to give her mouth to mouth to bring her back.

Sprawling over the chair is the worst technique you can use.

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The key to kissing right while leaning on a chair is all about etiquette.

The girl should sit on the arm of the chair while the man holds her firmly but gently. It's very Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in "Casablanca" versus cheap and tawdry.

The key to kissing right while leaning on a chair is all about etiquette.

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Next, kissing sounds expressed in other languages.

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