The Art of Good Manners and Etiquette on New York Tramcars in 1909

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re BIG fans of good manners and etiquette at the BNA.

In particular, we can talk all day about the strange (and annoying!) behaviour of people on buses and trains. Indeed, when we do eventually get round to appearing on ‘Mastermind’, this will be our specialist subject.

So, we totally loved this story about the adverts taken out on tramcars in 1909 by “The New York Women’s League for Right Living” (is that not a truly wonderful name for an organisation? – alas, if only we had more bodies like this…), in an effort to persuade men to improve their behaviour when travelling on the city’s trams.
newspaper report about good manners and etiquette on new york tramcars

Dundee Courier – Wednesday 01 December 1909

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