Vogue's Book of Etiquette -- 1948 Vintage Fashion

"Vogue's Book of Etiquette--A complete guide to traditional forms and modern usage" was written by Millicent Fenwick and copyrighted in 1948 by Simon & Schuster, New York.

Full of pertinent advice (at the time), the book features whole sections on topics such as: A Girl on her own, Entertaining without a maid, Debutantes, and (of course) Being invited to the White House. More mundane subjects such as introductions, dressing, table manners, monogramming and home d├ęcor are also covered.

Here are some rules the book purposes:

Never Dine Alone with a Married Man, unless his wife is your great friend;

[The rule of not walking arm in arm with a man] is no longer observed by less conservative women, but no woman should unhesitatingly take the arm of a casual acquaintance, particularly if he is a foreigner, for no reason other than that it is a pleasant way to walk; pg. 36

An example of how to write an apology for not paying a gambling debt :

Dear (Name): I am very sorry not to be able to send at once the $375 I owe you. I've gotten in a bit of a jam at the moment, and I won't be able to do very much about it for another month or six weeks. By that time, everything ought to be in fine shape, and I expect it should be all paid up three months from now. I enjoyed our game so much. My only regret is that I have had to bother you with these details. Sincerely, (Name); Pg. 87

The book has illustrations on everything from table settings to appropriate monogramming. This vintage book has great insight into vintage fashion, vintage trends and retro clothing.

The book has maroon cloth covers with an embossed fancy "V" on the front cover and gold-toned embossed title on the spine. It is in very good vintage condition with a tight binding, and minimal yellowing of the paper. The pages are clean and free of marks.

A great look back in to social circles we may have never traveled in but would know what to do if we did after reading this book!

Item ID: BK1205


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