TIMELINE

 

1873 Emily Price is born in Baltimore, Maryland to Josephine and famous architect Bruce Price.
1878 The Price family moves to New York. They spend the winters in a brownstone on 10th Street and summers in Bar Harbor, Maine, or Tuxedo Park, New York.
1890 Emily marries Edwin Post at Tuxedo Park, which was built by Bruce Price. She later has two sons, Edwin and Bruce.
1904 Emily’s first novel, “Flight of the Moth” is published by Dodd, Mead & Company.
1916 Emily writes “By Motor to the Golden Gate,” hilarious accounts of her cross-country journey with her son Edwin and friend. “The Title Market,” Emily’s first best-seller is published.
July 1922 “Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage,” by Emily Price Post is published by Funk & Wagnalls.
1923 Emily purchases a home on Martha’s Vineyard, a home that is still maintained today by her four great grandchildren.
1925 Seeking Information on the wording and style of an engraved initiation, Emily Post visits Tiffany’s and queries the head of the stationery department. The gentleman replies that he would be happy to look it up for the madam, reaches under the counter and brings out “Etiquette.”
1928 Emily anonymously writes “How to Behave Through a Debutante,” an amusing and satirical look at the day’s “flaming youth” which runs serially in Vanity Fair. No one guesses that the book has been written by Emily and several reviewers think that the series is a spoof of “Etiquette” and its author.
1929 Emily begins her next career as a radio personality. Sponsored by general electric, her radio program was so popular and successful, FDR says what the greatest compliment he received when he started his fireside chats was. “You’re as good as Emily Post!”
1940 Emily’s syndicated newspaper column “Social Problems” appears in 150 newspapers across the country. She receives more than 5,000 letters a week.
1944 Emily’s grandson William marries Elizabeth Ann Lindley.
1945 USO clubs worldwide report as many as 16,000 requests a week for “Etiquette,” second only to the Rand McNally atlas. The Chicago Daily News reports that “while Betty Grable is the Army’s No. 1 pin-up girl, Emily Post is their No. 1 look-up girl.”
1946 Twenty-four years after it first appeared, sales of “Etiquette” soar to a new high or 5,600 copies per week. The book has been reprinted 65 times. Emily founds the Emily Post Institute
1960 Emily Post dies at the age of 86 in her Manhattan apartment. Life Magazine says. “the world has lost its best known arbiter of good conduct.” “Etiquette,” is in the midst of its 89th printing.
1961 Emily’s son Edwin writes, “Truly Emily Post,” a biography of his mother

 

THE TORCH IS PASSED…

 

1965 Elizabeth Lindley Post, Emily’s granddaughter-in-law, becomes spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute and writes the 11th edition of “Etiquette.” She goes on to revise the book four more times between 1965-1992.
1975 The 13th edition of “Etiquette” is published. The Los Angeles Times reports, “This is the first Post book to deal with premarital sex and women’s liberation. There are many things in this new edition that have never been considered etiquette before.” Elizabeth writes “Please, Say Please,” a guise to etiquette for children. Elizabeth and her husband Bill co-host a radio program on WNYC entitled “Do The Right Thing.” Elizabeth’s syndicated column of the same name is appearing in more than 100 newspapers.
1979 Elizabeth’s son Allen marries Peggy Grayson. The wedding takes place on Martha’s Vineyard and the reception is held at Emily’s summer home.
1982 Elizabeth’s books, “Emily Post’s Complete Book of Wedding Etiquette” and “Emily Post’s Wedding Planner” are published by Harper & Row
1983 Emily Post Summer Camp is launched in Palm Beach, Florida, held at the five-star Breakers Hotel. The camp teaches manners to young children.
1991 Elizabeth Writes “Emily Post on second Weddings.”
1992 The 15th edition of “Emily Post’s Etiquette” is published.
1995 “Emily Post’s Teen Etiquette” by Elizabeth Post and Joan Coles is published. Elizabeth Post officially retires as spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute.

 

The Tradition Continues…

 

1991 Peggy Grayson Post, great-granddaughter-in-law to Emily and daughter-in-law to Elizabeth, begins working with Elizabeth making appearances at bridal events.
1995 Peggy Post is names spokesperson and author for the Emily Post Institute, succeeding Elizabeth. Peggy becomes a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine. Writing column “Etiquette for Today,” a Post tradition for more than 25 years. HarperCollins issues “Emily Post’s Complete Guide to Weddings with Elizabeth and Peggy Post” on CD-ROM. Peggy continues making appearances at bridal events and begins conducting media interviews. Peggy begins writing the 16th edition of “Etiquette,” which when published in spring, 1997, will mark the 75th anniversary of Etiquette and its influence on American society.
1996 A New York Times article asks: “Etiquette; Is It Back?”

During the same month, Peggy is interviewed by NBC, CBS, CNN, Lifetime Television, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Daily Herald, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and Newsday.

1997 The 75th Anniversary edition of “Etiquette” is published by HarperCollins; author Peggy Post completes a 14-city book tour, conducting interviews with print, radio and television reporters from across the country, including an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She also begins writing a quarterly column on children’s manners for Parents magazine.
1998 Peggy Post begins work on a new book on entertaining to be published in the fall.