The Perfect Kiss, 1942 Style

Invaluable pointers from a back issue of Life magazine

Here's some constructive advice on the right—and wrong—ways to execute the perfect kiss, as featured in a 1942 issue of Life magazine. For a sublime smooch, all you need to do is follow the guidelines below. Note: Before getting started, please have an armchair readily available.

Wrong: "Sprawling all over the chair is considered ungraceful. Bad technique."

Right: "Girl should sit on arm of the chair and boy should hold her firmly but lightly."

Wrong: "Actors kissing on-stage look too juvenile if they are so stand-offish."

Right: "Boy and girl should stand close together and not hold each other too tightly."

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