Or you’ll at least want to laugh at these suggestions for polite behavior from the 1960’s.
Firstly- “Refrain from any disturbance in the movie theater. This includes eating noisily, talking loudly, or displaying affection” Honestly, who likes to pay for a nice movie only to discover a couple making out in the back seats? This piece of advice is still perfectly reasonable… but not always adhered to.
Second, for girls- “Avoid applying make-up, fussing with your hair, or combing it frequently in public.” I remember vividly a class in high school where the girl next to me decided to apply her nail polish during the lecture. Sure, we all want to look nice… but come on ladies.
Manners. Many people claim to have them, few really do. 50 years ago, it seems having repulsive manners was tantamount to a felony. Some suggestions from the TGH are hilarious today, but a few, such as the next two listed, would do many people a world of good to follow.
1. “Refrain from any disturbance in the movie theater. This includes eating noisily, talking loudly, or displaying affection.”
2. “Avoid applying make-up, fussing with your hair, or combing it frequently in public.”
But there are others that are laughable today, as society has become much less formal. Most of them involve dating, which has gotten alarmingly anti-formal when compared to these stipulations.
1. “When walking together on the street, the boy’s place is nearest to the curb.”
2. “It is not proper for a girl to invite a boy into the house for any length of time if a parent is not at home.”
3. “When walking together, a girl does not take a boy’s arm unless she needs assistance.”
I know what you’re thinking… seriously? Yes. The Teen Guide to Homemaking (TGH) contains no less than 4 pages dedicated specifically to the management of your knife, fork, spoon, and hands. Being ladylike back then required a lot of finesse.. so much that an entire list is provided, detailing which utensil is to be used for each food. Even things such as hamburgers and watermelon grace the “fork” list. Wishing you could have been a boy in the 60’s yet?
The best piece of advice is to “Use your fork for eating all foods that are not eaten with a spoon or your fingers.” Well, that makes things nice and crystal clear, eh? Happy eating!
Nice to meet you. How DO you do? Lovely weather, isn’t it?
Now that we’ve got the pleasantries over with, I can tell you what this blog is really about.
The Vintage View is really a compendium of knowledge from several sources. Firstly, from a book called The Teen Guide To Home-Making, published in 1961. Secondly, from my very own brain. And finally, the occasional appearance of a song or piece of clothing that I may have come across in my explorations. With those three things combined, I hope to provide at least a little comic relief as post-by-post, you learn how you should have behaved in the 60’s. (And perhaps be ever so much more glad you don’t!)