Date Published: 1936 to 1951
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Emily Post was an American novelist, author, columnist, socialite, and an authority on etiquette. "Etiquette," she once said, "is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is the code of sportsmanship and of honor. It is ethics." More than half a century after her death, her name is still used in titles of etiquette books.
The collection includes 40 items dating from 1925 to 1951 specifically, 3 letters, 24 mimeo radio transcripts, 2 books, 2 photos, 4 postcard/prints, 4 brochures/leaflets, and a card.
2 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• TLS to Miss Hirschfeld, 30 July 1925, re Post’s favourite books: in early youth, Alice in Wonderland, “which I knew by heart”; in early teens, The Ingoldsby Legends; later, Henry Sienkiewicz’s Without Dogma.
• TLS to addressed “Jeanne dear”, 26 July 1948, re Jeanne’s kindness, infringing on Life’s copyright for Bell Syndicate publicity.
24 mimeo transcripts
• Du Pont Company. “What Emily Post Said on the Du Pont Cellophane Radio Program”, broadcasts on Monday and Thursday mornings in major US cities addressing topics of interest pertaining to the home and daily social life. 24 mimeo transcripts (2 duplicates). 6 February-18 May 1933. Rust from staples (removed). 2 Du Pont Cellophane envelopes addressed to Mrs. Richard Fenton. With form letters from Dorothy King of Du Pont’s Radio Service Department and 2 leaflets about cellophane. Approximately 75 pp.
• Parade: A Novel of New York Society. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1925. Red cloth in chipped dust jacket, piece missing on the top of the spine panel. Previous owner’s names on the front free endpaper. 2nd ed. on jacket’s spine panel, 2nd printing on copyright page.
• Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, Publishers, 1945, seventieth printing 1947. New ed. Blue cloth in very good dust jacket, front hinge a touch loose, former owner’s name on front free endpaper. Signed presentation copy to Mrs. Iona Morgenroth, winner of the Emily Post Institute Radio Quiz Program of 14 August 1947
• B&w photo of Post, wearing a hat and pearls, seated for a series of radio CBS broadc41asts on “How to Get the Most Out of Life”, 27 November .
• B&w photo of Post wearing pearls, 16 February 1951, Phyfe, NY.
9 Ephemera, one with Autographed Letter Signed (ALS):
• Card signed “With all best wishes | yrs sincerely | Emily Post | 1936”.
• Bookmark for Post’s The Personality of a House.
• Leaflet advertising the publication of Post’s Children Are People.
• Photo print of Post seated and holding documents in her hands. To the right of the print is a short ALS, “Dear Jimmy I am very glad you like this picture of me enough to put it in your collection! It is signed with great pleasure for you! Sincerely Emily Post 1941”.
• Photo postcard, 1946, by Philippe Halsman, Post seated on a sofa drinking a cup of tea or coffee.
• Color postcard of the Post residence, Edgartown, Mass., post-marked 29 August 19?.
• Leaflet issued by General Mills, Inc. advertising (series no. 9) “New Editions of Old Favorites Men Like!” with Buffet Supper Menu by Betty Crocker and Post’s article, “Arrangements: An Early Spring Party”, her signature in facsimile.
• The Arcadian Club Members’ Book of China Etiquette. Newark, New York: Home Decorators, Inc., [194?]. Brochure with colour photo of Post on the front cover. Small piece missing on the front cover, embrowning.
• Silverquette: A Quick Guide to Correct Table Setting. Newark, New York: Home Decorators, Inc., 1944. Small photo of Post on the front cover.
Collection on consignment with LDRB