Randy. - my friend from Wichita came to visit this weekend. He got the grand tour of Ringwood, of Indian Creek Winery, and of course Enid. We went to the "Emporium" an antique mall in Enid. I found the most amazing book! "Emily Post's Etiquette" The Blue Book of Social Usage. On the front cover it says "To My Readers: I have completely rewritten this new edition of ETIQUETTE because the problems of modern life demand certain changes in the forms of living. All of the fundamental principles, of course, have been left untouched. I have omitted certain non-essential customs and old-fashioned ideas; and I have added much new material in the hope that this book will continue to be as useful in its many years to come, as the old editions have been in the past. Emily Post"
This is the 76th printing in 1950. The original edition copyright was in 1922.
I have greatly enjoyed skimming through many parts this evening. I've got to wonder what "old fashioned " ideas Miss Post removed from the book! Here are some of the chapter titles:
- Visiting-Cards and Their Uses
- The Vanished Chaperon and Other Lost Conventions
- Telephone Courtesy
- Smoking Etiquette
- Formal Correspondence
- Manners for Motorists
- Maids' Dining Alcove in an Apartment
- The Tray for a Guest Who Breakfasts in Bed
How would you really feel if you had guests and they said before retiring to bed, "Oh, I'll take breakfast in bed at 9:00. I'm up a little late tonight!"
Maybe we should post "Manners for Motorists" on our sun-visors! It surely couldn't hurt, could it?
I am greatly enjoying this book and feel like I got a great bargain at $6.00. Thank you Randy for the joy of looking at "junk"...