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April 1894

"The Art of Dressing for Visiting"

That visiting is an art is proven by the fact that there are some people whom we delight in having as visitors, and others whom we dread. Usually the unwelcome visitor is the one who has not taken the trouble to study out the etiquette of friendship--or perhaps I had better say acquaintanceship--who lacks consideration and is bereft of that fine sympathy which is a necessity to pleasant converse, or is so crude in her ideas that when she appears you are mortified at the costume which she wears.

The etiquette of visiting differs, of course, in different parts of the world. In the city, where the dinner hour is late, as, for instance, in New York, visiting hours range from four to six, but people usually call between half-past four and five. In towns where dinner is served at any time between one and two o'clock visiting would begin at half-past three and cease at six, while where an earlier hour than this were the dinner one, visiting would begin at half-past two and end at half-past five. It has long ago ceased to be the vogue for even one's intimate friends to just "drop in." Wisdom, which comes with years, has taught people that no friend is so intimate that there may not be times when she is unwelcome, and even one's dearest and nearest bow to the law which suggests the paying of a visit at a time when one's friends are ready to receive.

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 The Proper Dress

 For the Young Girl

  For the Hostess

 Refreshments to Serve

 The Duty of a Visitor

 The Value of Etiquette/
     A Few Last Words

Bibliographical Information:
Mallon, Isabel A. "The Art of Dressing for Visiting",
The Ladies' Home Journal, Vol. XI, No. 5, April 1894, p. 21.

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