On the woman’s page of the newspaper were these rules of etiquette for the ladies of 1915. Notice on the ad that the same company that ran trolleys in Rochester also would put gas lights in your house. Click on the ad for a larger view.
THE CATHOLIC COURIER
Friday, January 1, 1915
There should be no conspicuous conduct in a dining room of a hotel or a public restaurant. Do not talk or laugh in a loud tone. Do not dispute with the waiter. Do no look around at other guests in an impertinent manner. Eat slowly act with refinement and remember that you are in a public place. The restaurant is indeed a great test of the true lady and gentleman.
The end of the meal should be followed by your exit from the dining room. The lady precedes the gentleman on leaving the restaurant. At the door the gentleman will receive his hat, which has been taken from him on entering. Here there is a call for a tip of 10 cents if it be a restaurant of a large hotel and if the stay be just for one meal.
Privacy For Guests.
Even a hostess sometimes spoils the pleasure of the loveliest of guest chambers by entering it too frequently with inquiries, etc.
Over entertainment is really worse than none at all. One may perhaps want to be alone when she seeks her room.
When Women Call.
Ceremonious calls are not made between women in the morning, evening or on Sunday afternoons. A man, owing to the extractions of business, may call in the evening and on Sunday afternoon.
A woman should never call on a man socially. A business errand is the only occasion for a call from a woman to a man, and in such a case the lady calls during his business hours and sends in her name, not her business card.
The most stunning dinner or luncheon table imaginable is achieved when red geraniums are used exclusively as decoration. Nearly every one can obtain these brilliant flowers, and they are usually at their brightest when other blossoms in the window garden are on the wane.
Fill a large glass bowl with the scarlet posies, using their own rich leaves for the green. Red candles in holders of glass, scarlet paper bonbon and nut boxes, with ribbons of the same hue leading to the place cards, which should white with a red geranium thrust through the corner should be adopted.
The hostess should be gowned on white, with red sash, flowers and slippers, or the dress may be of red muslin with white accessories.
First serve a cherry cocktail, then tomato bouillon, salmon croquettes with Julienne potatoes, beet salad and raspberry sherbet. The cales may be iced in red, as there are harmless fruit colorings. A confectioner will make cream patties to match in coloring if the order is given a few days ahead.
A good way to match partners at any social affair is the following: Get two kinds of a variety of candies–say two caramels, two chocolate drops, two butter scotches, etc. Pass one plate to the men and on to the women, and when candies are matched partners will be found. Another good way is to match flowers or animal crackers.