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Amy Vanderbilt is quite possibly one of my favorite people ever.

I collect old etiquette books in general, but hers have always been my favorite, mostly because she’s way crazier than the far more famous etiquette expert Emily Post and seems to have no idea that poor people exist. I have culled these delightful examples of outdated etiquette tips from both the 700-page tome “Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette” and the slightly smaller advice column-style “Amy Vanderbilt’s Everyday Etiquette,” both published in 1952.

She defenestrated herself—although it’s never been determined whether she just fell out of the window as a result of taking too much hypertension medication or if she committed suicide as a result of the 1970s being too tacky to bear. However, her decision must be abided by.” name one single dude who would pick up on this? Apparently, smoking corn silk was a thing the kids used to do? I would like you to wait until you’re 18 or even 21.”“Yes you may, saying something such as ‘This is business—you’re the firm’s guest.’ If the bill is to be paid at the desk, quietly put money to cover it on the check and ask your customer to take care of it.

Anyway, here are some swell tips for gracious living! Really, you might as well tell him you want to leave via smoke signals, morse code or Victorian fan language. Either leave the tip yourself or ask him to take care of it out of the change. The instructions in these books for eating corn on the cob are so damn long that I am just going to paraphrase.

Try to avoid passing any money yourself, for other diners in the restaurant would not necessarily understand the circumstances.”‘ Oh wow! Things sure were awkward for the Peggy Olsens back in the day. Basically, if you do not have four hours to spare out of your life, . Then you butter and season another row, and eat that one row. She would, however, prefer that you cut the corn off the cob with a knife and fork. Is it proper for a single girl to have dinner in a bachelor’s apartment without a chaperone?

“Social conventions can do very little to protect a girl really bent on getting into difficulties [zing! In this case, a girl not out of her teens would do better to avoid such a dinner engagement unless others, considerably more mature than she, are present.

A career girl, from her twenties onward, can accept such an invitation but should not stay beyond ten or ten-thirty.

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