Wednesday, January 3, 2018

W. C. Green's Etiquette Dictionary

Walter Cox Green’s, “A Dictionary of Etiquette” is just one of many books he authored on the subject of manners and polite society, during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.


Ruth Ashmore codified might be a term expressive enough and comprehensive enough to characterize “A Dictionary of Etiquette,” W. C. Green's red book on social good form. All “Talks to Girls” and “Ready Helps to the Helpless” of all the ladies' magazines of these fifteen years passed are herein incorporated in ready reference for the use of those who would know the intricacies of polite society. 

“CANE”: A cane is the correct thing for a man when walking, except when engaged in business. It should be held a few inches below the knob, ferrule down, and should, like umbrellas, be carried vertically.

“REPORTERS”: If such is the wish of the family of the bride the best man attends to the reporters (at weddings) and furnishes them with the name of the groom, bride, relatives, friends, descriptions of gowns and other suitable things to know. 

These are good things to know. No household is complete without “A Dictionary on Etiquette.” (Brentano's, New York; price 1.25)


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