Mind Your Manners

I came up with a choice find at a thrift store over the weekend: Emily Holt’s Encyclopaedia Of Etiquette, first published in 1901. The two volume guide covers everything from behavior at garden parties to asking a lady to dance. It’s entertaining to look back on how much our world has changed. Take this section on phone calls: “A woman never calls upon a man socially. A business errand is the only occasion for a call from a woman to a man, and she should remember that in their offices men do not, as a rule, care to discuss social or domestic topics.”