1950s dating etiquette
It is also very bad manners to powder your nose or put on lipstick at the table, and unforgivable to comb your hair at the meal.'A spokesperson for Cupid Speed Dater.com, who uncovered the piece, said: 'Thankfully times have changed and the dating game is more relaxed.
Amy Vanderbilt is quite possibly one of my favorite people ever.
And it wasn’t just dessert which could cause a problem, the magazine steered women away from fish because it could be ‘difficult to manage’ and when the meal was over, they were reminded it was ‘bad taste’ to leave lipstick marks on a cup.
The guide also adds: 'It is bad manners to put your elbows on the table.
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 I have culled these delightful examples of outdated etiquette tips from both the 700-page tome “Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette” and the slightly smaller advice column-style “Amy Vanderbilt’s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.
Were the customs of courtship in the 1940s and 1950s more successful in bringing lifelong couples together? With no answer machines or text messages in existence women would have to wait for a knock at the door or a telephone call.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?After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.