Guide to Vintage Etiquette: 1938
"TEACH YOURSELF THE
LATEST DANCE STEPS,"
by Lawrence Hostetler,
AN INVITATION to
a dance may come over the telephone or on an engraved card - depending
on formality of the occasion. If in doubt whether to go formal or informal,
ask your hostess.
should arrive promptly when he's taking a girl to a dance, and she should
be ready when he calls. After chatting cordially with him for a few minutes,
she gets her wraps.
a woman is hostess, she shakes hands with a man who is introduced to her.
The accepted form is, "Mrs. Rogers, this is Mr. Castle." She then responds
with a gracious greeting.
IN SITTING out
a dance with a man, remember the importance of gay, small talk. Through
this means you may lead up to a topic about which your companion is really
should make some courteous remark to a girl at the finish of a dance as,
"Thank you for the waltz." The girl then smiles pleasantly as she answers,
"I enjoyed it too."
party is over a man sees a girl safely to the door of her home. Then she
tells him that she had a delightful evening. He assures the girl that taking
her was a pleasure.
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