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The Bridge Mania

“It is as futile to argue with a bridge club maniac as with an opium eater or an inebriate. The habit has outreached all rational discussion. Duty, common sense, reputation have become meaningless words before the victim’s devastated conscience.” So said the pseudonymous “Frank Danby” in a 1912 article in an English periodical. By the …

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Smoking Etiquette

Smoking in the nineteenth century underwent many amusing changes, per the advice of etiquette books. Guides to modern behavior once stressed how vulgar it was to smoke, but when ladies took up the habit, it behooved these arbiters of social instruction to catch up with the times. From 1844’s Hints on etiquette and the usages …

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