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    John F. Kennedy: Congressional Directories, 1961 and 1963, and the Social List of Washington, 1963. The 1961 directory is clothbound, 4.5" x 5.75", 198 pp., Washington D. C. The 1963 directory is clothbound, 4.5" a 5.75", 202 pp., Washington D. C., 1963. Every two years, at the commencement of a new Congress, an official directory is published by the US Government Printing Office, picturing every member of Congress. These directories of the Eighty-seventh and Eighty-eighth Congresses, contain frontispiece photographs of President John F. Kennedy. The 1963 directory includes a photograph of Edward M. Kennedy, the new Senator from Massachusetts, elected to the seat vacated by his brother John. Many other well-known politicians are within these pages, including several who ran for and won the office of president. Pages age toned, but clean. Overall fine condition.

    The Social List of Washington, D.C., is a soft, green-cover book, 6" x 9", 523 pp., Washington D. C., 1962, listing all of the official and prominent people in Washington D. C., including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all government and elected officials and members of the diplomatic corps. A special section covers "the authoritative usage of Official precedence; correct manner of oral, or written, address of Officials, Diplomats and members of The Armed Services; the etiquette of the personal call, the written invitation, and correct procedure at social functions." For example, the reader is advised that "It is also important to know how to speak correctly to an official. For example: all officials from The President through the Cabinet...do not have surnames. They are addressed by their titles alone. The name should never be mentioned. Reason? Only one man holds the position and bears the title in each case. The name is superfluous." It goes on to advise: "When there is doubt as to which of two people bears the higher rank, it is the part of wisdom never to invite them to a seated dinner at the same time." Procedure upon leaving cards: "A woman never leaves a card upon a man, even The President." On such cards: "A young woman does not use the prefix 'Miss' before her name until she reaches the age of seventeen. . . . A man does not use the prefix 'Mr.' before his name until he graduates from high school or attains the age of eighteen." On the calling procedure: "The upper right hand corner of the card is turned down to indicate that the call was made in person. . . . Calls should be made between the hours of three and six in the afternoon." At formal dinners: "The Hostess makes the move to leave the table, and the Guest of Honor the move to leave the house first. If attending such a function as guest of honor, make every effort to take your departure within a reasonable time after the dinner itself is over. Remember that all other guests present must await your going before they may take their leave." Regarding ladies' dress: "Before four o'clock: a street length, tailored, dress or suit, always complemented by hat and gloves." Gentlemen: "Before four o'clock: business, or sack, suit of solid dark color, white shirt (never colored) conservative four in hand tie." Fine condition.

    From the collection of Dr. Dean Rudoy. For more information, please click here.


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