Just before the holidays, I've come across a wonderful book titled, “Etiquette”, The Complete Modern Guide For Day-To-Day Living The Correct Way, by Frances Benton, © 1956 Random House.
The book got my attention from being browned-paged as it was located just a few shelves away from some other book that I was originally interested in. It immediately seized my attention after I saw the title.
It is well worth a read, and I have personally learnt quite a few things that were not known to me before starting on this book, and have confirmed other things that I have only had an innate view about. For example, it is considered to be bad manners to eat pizza with a fork and a knife; on the other hand, long French Fries should be cut in half first, and be eaten with a fork. I recall that in the past I was fascinated to see some children in a Pizza Hut in England eat pizza with a fork and a knife, and now I know that they were the ones who were doing it wrong. :-)
Another interesting observation concerns the style in which the book is written. “It is” is always spelled in a short way with an apostrophe as “it's”, without any exceptions. That's for anyone who thinks that it's an informal style.
Also fascinating comes the section on Smoking Etiquette. For example, let me quote a passage from page 65:
A hostess should provide cigarettes—fresh ones— when she knows that her guests smoke. Cigarettes held over in cigarette boxes from one party to the next are as distasteful to a smoker as stale bread to a dinner guest.
The rest is equally interesting. I highly recommend anyone to check this book out from a local library, as it's very entertaining. I am also quite surprised by the good condition of the book, other than the brown pages -- I haven't noticed any markings inside the book, which leads me to believe that people reading this book are genuinely passionate about the subject from all aspects.