~ Volkswagen, 1963"Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things."

~ Volkswagen, 1963

"Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things."

(Source: retro-advertising)

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864via Open LibraryNote: I think the “fork-exercise” in question was cutting off a bite of pie with your fork.  True Politeness requires that you cut your pie with a knife.original pie image here

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864
via Open Library

Note: I think the “fork-exercise” in question was cutting off a bite of pie with your fork. True Politeness requires that you cut your pie with a knife.

you're doing it wrong!
original pie image here

~ Camay, 1934"How often you sense that people are looking at you, judging your beauty! Whether they glance at you guardedly, or turn to search your face quite openly, you feel instinctively that you are in a never-ending Beauty Contest."

~ Camay, 1934

"How often you sense that people are looking at you, judging your beauty! Whether they glance at you guardedly, or turn to search your face quite openly, you feel instinctively that you are in a never-ending Beauty Contest."

(Source: retro-advertising)

~ Zundel Sanitary Toilet Chair, c. 1925 - 1929
~ Vivilore: The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection, Mary Ries Melendy, 1904

~ Vivilore: The Pathway To Mental and Physical Perfection, Mary Ries Melendy, 1904

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893via Internet Archive

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893
via Internet Archive

~ Gallup Poll, November 16, 1962 via Twitter / HistOpinion

~ Gallup Poll, November 16, 1962
via Twitter / HistOpinion

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

~ Practical Etiquette, by A. Flanagan, 1899

~ Practical Etiquette, by A. Flanagan, 1899

mediumaevum said: In the movies, I always see men giving ladies a handkerchief if they cry, and after they use it, ladies give it back. Isn't it a bit yucky to return a used handkerchief, or was it just a gesture, and women were not really supposed to use them? Thanks! Hex

It does seem rather disgusting to return a used handkerchief that you’ve cried and snotted all over, but of course in the movies the lady will only dab delicately at her eyes and never do anything as unladylike as blowing her nose in it. In any case, according to Etiquette for Everyday (Mrs. Humphry, 1904) the proper thing to do would be to take it home, wash it, and return it at another time.  Mrs. Humphry doesn’t address the problem of borrowing a handkerchief from a stranger, but perhaps she is assuming that a lady would never be so indiscriminate.

~ Dunn’s Music Store,  El Paso Herald, October 24, 1916
via Library of Congress"Do you ukelele? … When you ukelele, you tie more than his heart; you bind him hand and foot, the ukelele players say."

~ Dunn’s Music Store, El Paso Herald, October 24, 1916
via Library of Congress

"Do you ukelele? … When you ukelele, you tie more than his heart; you bind him hand and foot, the ukelele players say."

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

heck-yeah-old-tech:

~ Postum, November 1958

heck-yeah-old-tech:

~ Postum, November 1958
~ Pitfalls in English and How to Avoid Them, by Sophie C. Hadida, 1927

~ Pitfalls in English and How to Avoid Them, by Sophie C. Hadida, 1927