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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. Since our house is already filled with a crazy color scheme (selected mostly by yours truly), I really enjoyed the following: The very first thing [when decorating your home] is to decide on your color scheme.
The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an off-broadway production of the same name! Yesterday I thought about doing an Easter post, and then got distracted by the lovely D. weather and went to the National Arboretum with some friends instead. Next time I’ll quote from the following chapter, which is about “Spring Cleaning” yourself. Now is the time to fling off the yolk of convention, and let yourself go.
Then I meant to do the post last night, but ended up watching the toe-tapping movie Easter Parade on TV instead. So I turned around in my office chair, plucked Figure Correction and Beauty for You, by Virginia Fallon, off my shelf, and found this instead! Fits well given my recent bathroom renovation to include a deep tub. It is an indefinable something, and allure, difficult to capture artificially. There are a million imitation film stars ~ the advertisements of the cosmetic manufacturers seem to cater specially for them ~ but there is only one YOU. A recent survey of over 1,000,000 American women conducted by the research department of a well-known University listed the following factors of feminine charm. There is no color scheme that isn’t right if you like it. Try doing a room in black and purple, with perhaps puce accent just for laughs.
By the time I got around to doing this post this evening, Easter was way over and the game I was going to share with you, which involved tying strings to the ends of lilies and winding the strings around the house, with each guest following the path to find a candy Easter egg or little holiday trinkets (remember the “cobweb string game“? If you try to force yourself into some pattern, you are in danger of becoming stilted and affected. Aping the manners of some favourite film star, putting on a phoney accent, either American or British, trying to assume a suave sophistication, she grates on the nerves, becoming as awkward and tiring as a sore thumb. YOU are different from anyone else in the world, from anyone who has ever lived, and from anyone yet to come. It would be too bad to finish the whole job and then find that it was really very ordinary, so don’t be afraid to take chances. Then invite your friends in for an evening of Russian roulette.
Why not check your rating against the charm list, and then go about improving your weak points till you score 100 per cent.
Important to notice is the high placing of that magic quality ‘personality’ and also that voice, posture and health come well up in the list.
If I have a figure and skin, does that count for something? ~ the hubby is tolerating all of this with good nature) have been obsessing about large tubs and tiles and fixtures for quite some time.
Now, Miss Abigail must confess that she was a bit confused about how to go about rating oneself.
The book is called The Complete Book of Absolutely Perfect Housekeeping: An Uproarious Guide for Disorganized Housewives (with Neat Solutions to Sloppy Problems), published in 1956 by Elinor Goulding Smith. Dress does not appear as high in the list as many people might imagine, but it is true that a woman can be charming and attractive without wearing Paris creations, whereas many women in the latest Dior gowns are far from attractive. Intelligence is put extremely low, but I suppose it only goes to prove that University Dons, like other men, prefer a woman to have a good figure, with beauty of face and complexion rather than a bluestocking outlook. Didn’t immediately find anything on dealing with the chaos of construction, but I did enjoy this about selecting paint colors from a great book I received from my family at Christmas. Or do my eyes and teeth have to be most excellent (by what standards, do tell? I should be cleaning out the old bathroom right now, but instead decided to dig through the books to see if there was any advice that could help me as they start to tear up our bathroom.
2 points I must confess that there are several surprises among the ratings.