How to Behave: My Collection of Etiquette Books

You'd be surprised that good manners included a lovely voice.
You’d be surprised that good manners include a lovely voice.

I’ve been collecting ettiquette books for some 40 years.

My books range from the classics, Emily Post and Amy Vanderbilt, to the new comers, Miss Manners and Esquire.
My books range from the classics, Emily Post and Amy Vanderbilt, to the newcomers, Miss Manners, Vogue, and Esquire.

I’d like to say it has improved my behavior but really I just know trivial information like which fork to use and what to wear motoring. (Yes, motoring.)

The Etiquette of To-Day was published in 1913.
The Etiquette of To-Day was published in 1913.

My oldest book was published in 1913 (although I thought I had one from the 1880s). The newest one is Miss Manners.

County on Miss Manners (Judith Martin) to guide you through sticky modern situations.
Count on Miss Manners (Judith Martin) to guide you through sticky modern situations.

Since I have 13 books I thought I’d look through each one, give some ettiquette pointers from the contents from time to time.

Most of these books cost less than a dollar, perfect pricing for an avid collector.
Most of these books cost less than a dollar, perfect pricing for an avid collector.

I’m sure some of the tips will be archaic while others, even though from a time well-past, could be of good use.

A former first lady even got into the etiquette book act.
A former first lady even got into the etiquette book act.

Ta ta for now.

What do you collect? Where is your collection? (Mine was in the attic.)

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “How to Behave: My Collection of Etiquette Books”

  1. love it! great collection. i’m sure there are some doozy’s in there! i collect long-tailed wooden cats, which are displayed on shelves in our living room. high enough so the real kitties can’t reach!

    1. The practical details of manners are changing but the premise is still to make others feel comfortable and honored. Some need rules; some don’t. Jo

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