One of the finest staffs of servants in the country waits on the family of Edward F. Hutton, the stock broker. The exact number serving the Huttons is not available, but they have about 32 in their Florida home alone. Even John D. Rockefeller, Sr., a leading livery tailor says, has a less elaborate menage. Like other extremely wealthy families, the Huttons have head butlers and chauffeurs, with staffs of subordinates. The Huttons ordered seven butler outfits from a tailor at the same time, so he figured they must have several butlers. Their chauffeurs are six.
A fairly small establishment can get along with a butler, chauffeur, footman, cook, valet, wife’s maid two chambermaids and two kitchen maids, if there are no children requiring nursemaids and a governess, the servants are usually under a secretary. The butler ranks next. He never wears livery, if he is young and the family smart, he may wear a cutaway in the morning. The old family butler retains a gray-sack coat. In the afternoon, the well-dressed butler changes to a tail coat with his striped trousers. For evening, he changes trousers and emerges in formal dress, like his master’s, except that he wears a black vest with his tail coat, wing collar and white tie.– From “Broadway Echoes,” 1931
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