What was dating like in the 1940s
and places at the assembly lines building ships and armaments.You succeeded at jobs no one ever dreamed a woman could do.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 I have culled these delightful examples of outdated etiquette tips from both the 700-page tome “Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette” and the slightly smaller advice column-style “Amy Vanderbilt’s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.Interestingly, one of Andy Warhol’s first major jobs as a commercial artist was illustrating these books. If I had to live my life abiding by 700 pages of weird, complicated etiquette I would probably throw myself out window! She places her napkin unfolded at the left of her plate, looks questioningly at her escort and prepares to rise. We lived in Rhode Island.” Anyway Amy Vanderbilt suggests you handle it like this: “The first signs of ersatz smoking should be treated in a relaxed manner and with some words such as these: “I see you’ve been smoking corn silk. ” (surprise on the child’s part.) “When you feel you must try your first real cigarette, tell me and I’ll let you do it here at the home.
As food, gasoline and clothing were rationed, you organized the pantry, carefully planned meals and started sewing the family clothes.
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.