Do you ever wonder what things were like during earlier times.
As someone who believes they were born too late and should have
been born in the 1800s I do sometimes wonder what it would be
I have mentioned the book ‘Manual of Social and business
Forms’ by Thomas E. Hill and published in 1875 before and
thought, let’s take another look.
Social etiquette and manners are covered in the book and after
another look it sounds like things were crazier then. Some of
rules make sense while others don’t, but here are some that
caught our attention.
Under small talk- No topic of absorbing interest may be
admitted in polite conversation. It might lead to a discussion.
Marriage- Anyone with bright red hair and florid complexion
should marry someone with jet-black hair. The very corpulent
should may the thin and spare, and the body, wiry, cold-
blooded should marry the round-featured, warmhearted, emotional
Street etiquette- When crossing the pavement, a lady should
raise her dress with the right hand, a little about the ankle.
To raise the dress with both hands is vulgar and can only be
excused when mud is very deep.
Conduct to avoid at the ball- No gentleman should enter the
ladies’ dressing room at a ball.
Bowing- A gentleman should not bow from a window to a lady on
the street though he may bow slightly from the street upon being
recognized by a lady in a window. Such recognition should,
however, generally be avoided, as gossip is likely to attach
undue importance to it when seen by others.
Lord love a duck! And that’s just some of rules listed under
etiquette. Today I catch myself saying, ‘excuse my French’ a
lot. Back then I’d probably be hung for the slip ups.
Enjoy our Monday as it looks to be the beginning of another
great week. Now for more coffee and a Snicker’s.
Comments are always welcome.