Trends will come and go, but good manners never go out of style. And when you hear what’s in these vintage etiquette manuals, you’ll never believe they were written so long ago. These instructions on being courteous are as true today as ever.
Be a good listener - "The art of conversation consists as much in listening politely as in talking agreeably,” according to the “Manners of Modern Society” written in 1875 by Eliza Cheadle. “Therefore never interrupt anyone who may be speaking to you, and at the same time do not let your eyes wander to other objects, but keep them on the speaker."
Don’t be a bragger - "Never boast of your birth, your money, your grand friends, or anything that is yours,” warns “Routledge’s Manual of Etiquette” from 1875. “If you have traveled, do not introduce that information into your conversation at every opportunity."
Be kind to new faces - “A Manual of Etiquette with Hints on Politeness and Good Breeding” by Daisy Eyebright from back in 1868 advises, “Instead of spreading out your dresses to exclude strangers from a seat...let us offer the seat cheerfully, and gracefully, and commence a conversation with the new-comer."