New York etiquette, 1899

Can you say what’s wrong with this picture? There is something very wrong with what it is conveying, not the artwork.

Moving on, etiquette cut both ways. While there was a plethora of rules, all designed to preserve that ladylike status for women and therefore protection, the “lady” still had to play her part and remain virtuous. Remember this yesterday?

Which brings up the thorny question – what to do if the celeb is a slapper, an unworthy, loose woman, which they’re training girls to be in schools now across the west?

Whither etiquette?

[H/T Chuckles for the article]

11 comments for “New York etiquette, 1899

  1. June 21, 2018 at 10:42

    It appears no one knows what’s wrong in the portrayal. 🙂

  2. Distant Relative
    June 21, 2018 at 10:56

    The gent should be walking on the kerb side, not the lady.

  3. The Blocked Dwarf
    June 21, 2018 at 11:01

    “In passing a group of mourners at a doorway, where their dead is being carried forth, or a funeral cortege in a quiet street, a gentleman will uncover his head”

    I surprised and delighted the undertakers in the hearse that went by slowly the other day; and surprised and somewhat mystified The Bestes Frau In The World, by removing my battered camo cap. Wasn’t a conscious thing, just how I was brought up, flying on auto-polite. Same way I would remove it if entering a church.
    Fascinated to learn that bit of etiquette is French in origin.

    and no, no idea what faux pas is being committed. Has he stopped walking?

  4. June 21, 2018 at 11:47

    Man should pass on the street-side.

  5. June 21, 2018 at 11:58

    DR and LS – in one.

    BD – now you know. 🙂

    • The Blocked Dwarf
      June 21, 2018 at 16:22

      I shall have to remember it , the next time I’m in 1890s New York and perchance upon a lady (the things i learn on this blog, I feel the urge to take back up Trivial Pursuit as a pastime). *goes off to read your boat-post and feel like he’s trying to decipher Ancient Mayan*

  6. June 21, 2018 at 17:24

    The gripping sidewalk etiquette issue of today in Classic City is the uncomfortable fact that obese people refuse to walk single-file.
    I’ve deliberated whether to bring it up at the next Important Commission meeting.

  7. sackersonwp
    June 21, 2018 at 17:40

    Man, gondola side; woman, plant pot side.

  8. June 21, 2018 at 18:24

    It’s all action here.

  9. Doonhamer
    June 22, 2018 at 19:55

    A gentleman never walks on paving flagstone lines. It is bad luck.
    This chap’s bad luck is that the lady has a pistol in the muff.
    And he is about to lose his valuables.

    • June 22, 2018 at 21:08

      All points that did not immediately spring to mind.

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