A Word to Women
Mrs Humphry (1898)
The history of women in society and the household is fascinating, enlightening and sometimes amusing. Perhaps the most famous name associated with etiquette and how to behave is Emily Post, but she certainly wasn′t the first to introduce the concept of proper manners and behaviour via handbooks.
While many of the ideas proposed to women 100 years ago seem odd to us modern day people, and should be taken with a grain of salt and a sense of humour, these rules and concepts were the norm at the turn of the last century.
In the 1800s, women′s roles included spending their time reading, sewing, writing letters, overseeing the servants, managing the household and dressing appropriately according to one′s social status.
Manners for Men
Mrs Humphry (1898)
Imagine giving a modern day young man a handbook telling him how to behave at a dinner party. Or perhaps a manual on the proper ways to court and ultimately marry a young woman. One can only imagine his reaction.
Many guides were published in the 19th century that were useful for a gentleman in his everyday life. Some focused on general advice for young men on such topics as their duties and conduct in various social and work scenarios. Others provided education on recreational activities such as hunting, horse riding, football and croquet.
Many of the etiquette guides and manuals for gentlemen back in the day revolved around girls. From the customs of courtship to humorous how-to guides to help pick up women, there certainly was no shortage.
Nelson's Home Comforts
Many old fashioned recipes including collared eel and brain fritters.
Common Sense in the Household
A comprehensive guide to the cooking with additional chapters on servants, the sick room, and the nursery.
Etiquette for Men
by G.R.M. Devereux
A guide including the art of conversation, attending a dance, table etiquette and letter writing.
How to Watch Football
by Lou Little
Help would-be football fans understand the game as they watch it.
The Successful Housekeeper
A book on household management - probably the first female author to earn their living doing this.
Manners Makyth Man
by Edward John Hardy
An anthology illustrating English manners and customs.
A Pocket Guide To Croquet
by George Herbert Powell
With chapters on the use of the mallet, tactics, etiquette, and the laws of croquet.
How to Behave
Advice on four topics including letter writing, conversation, etiquette and business.
The Household Handy Book
Information for young women that may enable them to add pleasure and usefulness to their lives.
Advice to Young Men
Advice to young men on their duties and conduct in life.
The Young Man's Friend
Daniel C. Eddy
Contains admonitions for the erring; counsel for the tempted, encouragement for the desponding.
What Can a Woman Do
Mrs M.L. Rayne
Late 19th century exploration of occupations open to American women.
How Men Propose
by Agnes Stevens
Divided into sections such as the youthful proposal, the humble proposal, the failedl proposal etc.
The American Woman's Home
Catherine E. Beecher
From ventilation to decoration, exercise and food to sleep habits, manners and order to charity work.
Woman in her Various Relations
Mrs L.G. Abell
Standard duties of American women, followed by a defence of the traditional role of women in society.
The Young Man's Guide
by William A. Alcott
Strong opionions on tobacco, gaming, shooting, and most other things that might be considered enjoyment.
The Young Man's Own Book
Self-improvement, etiquette manual, popular and much-reprinted in the first half of the 19th century.
How to Manage a Country House
by Charles Estienne
Originally published in 1554, contains advice on different aspects of the country household