Sunday, October 8, 2017

To Guide The Uninitiated

I love the Farmer's Almanac.
It is fun and informative.
I thought I'd share some Victorian era Etiquette
along with more Autumn fun.
Be prepared to laugh out loud!

To guide the uninitiated, Thomas E. Hill compiled a list of dos and don’ts in his Manual of Social and Business Forms, 

first published in 1875. 

Pumpkin Wreath

  • Bathing: “Upon arising, take a complete bath. A simple washing out of the eyes is not sufficient. The complete bathing of the body once each day is of the utmost importance. Not more than a quart of water is necessary, preferably rainwater.”

Mason Jar

  • Skin: “Beware of exterior applications of cosmetics. Instead, once every two or three months, take a teaspoonful of powdered charcoal mixed with sweetened water or milk. This will prove efficacious in making the complexion clear and transparent.”


  • Kissing: “Upon the meeting of intimate friends, among ladies, at the private house, the kiss as a mode of salutation is yet common; but this is a custom which ought to be abolished for physiological and other reasons.”

Autumn collage

  • Bowing: “A gentleman should not bow from a window to a lady on the street, though he may bow slightly from the street upon being recognized by a lady in a window. Such recognition should, however, generally be avoided, as gossip is likely to attach undue importance to it when seen by others.”


  • Small talk: “No topic of absorbing interest may be admitted to polite conversation. It might lead to discussion.”

Pumpkin Cake

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Willy Nilly Friday


Pondside said...

I loved this!
Heaven forbid that we should engage in a discussion!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

That was super fun - and the photos are glorious. I liked the one about bathing in a quart of water - and not entering into a discussion - made me laugh. The pumpkin cake is so cute - I think I'm going to make one for Halloween this year. Happy week ahead my dear!

Jill Harrison said...

My goodness I am so glad we don't have to abide by those social rules any more, and the charcoal and milk sounds positively ghastly. Thanks for the step back in time. The autumn pics are fabulous. Have a great week.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a fun post. Interesting views of social etiquette. Love all the fall decorations. The pumpkin cake is cute! Happy Monday and enjoy your new week ahead.

Maggie said...

We should of course avoid gossip at all costs!
Love your pumpkin inspired post, I've still not done anything "fall" wise around the house, better get a move on!
Happy Mosaic Monday.

Lorrie said...

Oh my! I did laugh out loud at the discussion remark. Bathing in just one quart of water might prove challenging! What a fun post, Snap. Have a great week.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am still laughing...but I don't want to say too might lead to discussion! hahahaha! Thanks! I'll share these with my hubby. Hugs, Diane

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful pictures and the etiquette points made me laugh out loud. Especially the discussion one -- oh dear that would be terrible!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such old fashioned rules of etiquette! It just goes to show how times change, and Not always for the better ;) Love your autumn decorations!

Daniela said...

Dearest Snap,
I so love your fall decorations, they truly won my heart !

Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your week,
with utmost gratitude

XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

stardust said...

I feel happy living in modern times. Funny, but In any period, clean and translucent skin would be ladies’ wish and gossips must be avoided. Wonderful collection of photos related to Thanksgiving. The cake covered with pumpkin cream looks tempting.


Jeanie said...

Loads of fun and great images, too. Now, excuse me while I go out and collect a few quarts of rainwater for the next two or three days of bathing!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, some very questionable advice indeed. Love that jack-o-lantern cake!

Angie said...

How entertaining! Fabulous! Today, limiting discussion might not be a bad idea!! Your photos are lovely as well! Have a gorgeous week!

Pam Richardson said...

Gathering rainwater could be problematic for bathing! This is so funny, but I do wish we could have civility back in full force! Beautiful fall images!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Thanks for times change!
Happy Wednesday to you!

Tom said...

...your fall decorations are fabulous.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Good gracious- we sure don't want to have a discussion! How funny! I also can't imagine taking a shower or bath with just one quart of water...maybe I'm a water hog. Happy Day!

A Colorful World said...

Great Halloween and October shots! I cracked up over the quart of rainwater for the bath! :-)

Lea said...

Beautiful Fall decorations, and I love the quotes from the Farmer's Almanac!
Have a wonderful week-end!

Maggid said...

Going to look for some charcoal to clear my complexion . . .
Happy Weekend.

betty-NZ said...

What fabulous advice!! I love the last piece of avoiding actual discussions!! Love your photos. Autumn has arrived in your world, I see.

Sandi Magle said...

Um, the last one cracked me up---polite conversation---no topic...pretty much should be heeded these days. I wonder what our ancestors would think about mom was afraid of email...LOL. Nice post!

Mary said...

What a hoot! Poor Thomas E. Hill would fall over in apoplexy if he were alive today :)