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HOW times have changed. While look­ing through old records we came across an ar­ti­cle for ladies in the late Vic­to­rian era...

What a Lady Does Not Do

There are sev­eral things al­ways ab­sent in a true lady which girls will do well to note and re­mem­ber. ● A lady for ex­am­ple will never ig­nore lit­tle kind­nesses. ● Con­clude in a crowd that she has a right to push her way through. ● Con­sume the time of peo­ple who can ill spare it. ● Wear on the street a dress only fit­ted to the house or car­riage. ● Talk loudly in pub­lic places. ● Fail in an­swer­ing let­ters or re­turn­ing vis­its, un­less she is ill or in trou­ble. ● Fret about the heat or the cold, sun or rain, air or lack of it. ● Com­plain of her fam­ily or per­sonal af­fair with strangers. ● A lady does not do any­thing other than make the best of ev­ery­thing - the world, the weather and her­self. She be­lieves in the golden rule and en­deav­ours as far as pos­si­ble to live up to it and that what you and I ought to prom­ise ev­ery morn­ing that we will try and do dur­ing the day.

We no­tice that not only the life­styles of women have changed but also the style of writ­ing! The book ‘Tameside Women’, which co­in­cides with the dis­play, is now avail­able from all Tameside li­braries. See the Tameside His­tory Fes­ti­val leaflet for Septem­ber events. You can pick it up from all li­braries or get it at www.tameside.gov.uk/ar­chives.

Vic­to­rian ladies

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