This was only a problem on the 1st generation of turbojets, where the fuel controller was effectively a needle valve controlled by the thrust lever and the "fuel control" was the pilot's brain. These engines also had the reverse problem; you couldn't "slam accelerate" them without overtemping and/or flaming out.
Once hydromechanical fuel controllers came about in the early 50s you could move the thrust lever all you wanted (within reason) because the lever provided a mechanical "command" and the fuel controller actually managed fuel flow based on continously measured engine parameters to achieve the commanded setting.
The next step from that was electronically trimmed hydromech fuel controllers in the 70s, then FADEC in the 90s. But it was only in the 40s and early 50s that you had to carefully move the thrust lever to that degree.