By: Eleanor B. Clapp
Source: Clapp, Eleanor B. The Courtesies: A Book of Etiquette for Every Day. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1906, 115; 119–127.
About the Author: Eleanor Bassett Clapp was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. From 1896 to 1911 she was an editor of McCall's Magazine. She was a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.
Domestic servants have existed since the beginning of civilization and have been in America since the establishment of the first settlements. In an age before electricity and the many home conveniences it made possible, before permanent press clothes and prepared foods, it is difficult to imagine the effort required to run even a modest home. Whenever possible—that is, when finances would allow—help was brought in to cook, clean, launder, iron, and tend the children. No...
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