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What would Mrs. Astor do? : the essential guide to the manners and mores of the Gilded Age

Author: Cecelia Tichi
Publisher: New York, NY : Washington Mews Books, an imprint of New York University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cecilia Tichi invites us on a beautifully illustrated tour of the Gilded Age, transporting readers to New York at its most fashionable. A colorful tapestry of fun facts and true tales, What Would Mrs. Astor Do? presents a vivid portrait of this remarkable time of social metamorphosis, starring Caroline Astor, the ultimate gatekeeper"--
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Caroline Schermerhorn Astor; Caroline Schermerhorn Astor; Caroline Astor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecelia Tichi
ISBN: 9781479826858 1479826855
OCLC Number: 1032017766
Description: x, 303 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: The splendors of the Gilded Age --
Mrs. Astor speaks --
Millionaires' Row --
Fifth Avenue mansions --
Decoration of houses --
Servants and their duties --
Convenience or contraption --
Electric lighting --
Elevators --
Telephone --
Competitive consumption --
Ladies mile --
Gentlemen's emporia --
Tea rooms and luncheons --
Best dressed --
The hat makes the man --
The walking stick : the essential gentleman's accessory --
Plume trade, or, decorating with nature --
Color harmony --
For all occasions --
Well behaved --
Ward McAllister, autocrat of conduct --
How to navigate a public encounter --
Correspondence --
Cards, visits, and calls --
Parties and balls --
Gilded Age "Cinderella" --
Seen, but not heard --
What they read --
Dinner is served --
The proper place setting --
New York's elegant restaurants --
Delmonico's --
Sherry's --
The lobster : from prison fare to haute cuisine --
Enter Escoffier --
A black tie dinner on horseback --
The grain and the grape --
Mrs. Astor's annual ball --
The social set --
To see and be seen --
Peacock Alley --
The Palm Court --Theater and opera --
Stage door Johnny --
Central Park --
Club life --
Newport --
Slumming it : entertainment on the Lower East Side --
The sporting life --
Boating --
Polo --
Bathing --
Tennis --
Archery and croquet --
Golf --
Cycling --
Getting there --
Horse power --
Motor cars --
Private rail cars --
Steamships --
Yachts --
Money talks --
Gospels of wealth --
Virtues of free enterprise --
On philanthropy --
Wall Street --
Top drawer schools --
Dollar princesses --
Newspaper wars --
The whiff of scandal --
Divorce and Mrs. Astor --
Inexcusable --
Deadly triangle : Nesbit, White, Thaw --
On the scene : boldface names in New York --
Diamond Jim Brady (1856-1917) --
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) --
Jack London (1876-1916) --
Lillian Russell (1860-1922) --
Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) --
Front-page girls --
Muckrakers --
Funerals --
Mrs. Astor's four hundred.
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