First Edition: “Manners & Conduct – In and Out of School” by Fanny R Smith


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This lovely old book is “Manners And Conduct In School And Out by The Deans of Girls in Chicago High Schools” printed by Allyn and Bacon with a 1921 copyright. This book covers manners, conduct, and duty in the following areas: The Street, The Street-Car, Corridors, Classroom, Lunch Room, The Assembly Hall, Duty To Club Or Class Sponsor, The Lavatory, Duty To Your Chaperon,Duty To Your Hostess, Duty To One Another, Duty To Older People, Invitations, Introductions, Dancing Requirements, Refreshments At Parties, Table Manners, Duty To Yourself, and Home. Sprinkled throughout are sayings and poems from famous people about such things. This little gem is packed full of topics such as conduct on the street, in the classroom, the lunchroom and the “assembly room.” It explains the duties of the pupils to class sponsors and chaperones and describes proper social habits with regard to introductions, invitations, parties and table manners — survival training at its best.

Just in case you never had the privilege of being introduced to these bits of 1921 generally accepted social customs, here is a sampling:


“Avoid tossing paper on to the lockers. Avoid dropping it on the floor; but if paper is there, train yourself to see it and to pick up at least one piece every time you enter the corridor. This is what Dr. Crane calls a civic habit.”

“Hold a door open for a girl or an older person to precede you in passing through; then glance over your shoulder to prevent the door from swinging back into the face of any person who may be following.”

The street

“To spit on the street or sidewalk is likely to endanger the health of others and to make you seem vulgar and horrid. Use your handkerchief.”


“When sitting, push back as far as you can in the chair and lean forward from your hips, keeping your spine straight, not curved. The way you sit or walk or stand shows culture or lack of it.”

“Never ‘tell’ when another is trying to recite. Such ‘telling’ destroys the other person’s chance to think and helps to make a sneak of you.”


“Eat slowly and noiselessly; don’t ‘feed.’ Avoid talking when your mouth is full. Take small mouthfuls, so that you may talk without giving offense. Keep your lips closed while chewing. Never use your knife to carry food to your mouth.”

Duty to yourself

“Take a complete bath at least three times a week; better still, every day.”

Any my personal favorite:

“Cultivate charm, girls and boys. The best teacher of ‘How to be charming’ is a really kind heart. Every one of you can have that.”

This book is app. 6.5″ x 4.5″ with 28 pages. This has cloth over hard boards. This is in good reading condition only with corner, edge, spine wear and bumping with cloth wear at spine and edges. There is a bend in the front cover board. The binding is tight and all pages intact. There is some age toning. The book is complete. “Covers are securely attached with no cracking or splitting of hinges. The binding shows minimal general wear and has no fading at bottom edges as it remains in good condition. All pages are clean and tightly bound. There is a Name written in the front Cover of the book with some slight folding of the edges of some of the pages.


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