Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." Psalm 73:28 (KJV)






Friday, March 8, 2013

19th CENTURY ETIQUETTE - SELFISHNESS OF LADIES

Diane's Antique Book Collection

TRAVELERS AND TRAVELING

Selfishness of Ladies.- Ladies in traveling should scrupulously avoid monopolizing, to the exclusion of others, whatever conveniences are provided for their use. Mr. Pullman, the inventor of the palace car, was asked why there were not locks or bolts upon the ladies’ dressing rooms. He replied that “If these were furnished, but two or three ladies in sleeping cars would be able to avail themselves of the conveniences, for these would lock themselves in and perform their toilette at their leisure.

            This sounds like satire upon our American ladies, but we fear it is true.

Wells, A. M., Richard A., MANNERS, CULTURE AND DRESS, Massachusetts, King, Richardson & Company Publishers, 1893

 

2 comments:

Louise M. Gouge said...

Diane, what wonderful information you are sharing here. I'm so glad to read your wonderful posts and learn about this time in American history. Do keep it up! Those original sources are so helpful to those of us writing in that period, but we can't all own all of those books.

Kiersti said...

Made me laugh. I guess some things haven't changed much over the years! Bless you, Diane.