Friday, January 9, 2009

Miss Alice! (A Shorpy Find)

The code of guidance for the Anti-Flirt Club, as published in The Post, Feb 28, 1923:

1.-Don't flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
2.-Don't accept rides from flirting motorists - they don't invite you in to save you a walk.
3.-Don't use your eyes for ogling - they were made for worthier purposes.
4.-Don't go out with men you don't know - they may be married, and you may be in for a hair-pulling match.
5.-Don't wink - a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
6.-Don't smile at flirtatious strangers- save them for people you know.
7.-Don't annex all the men you can get - by flirting with many you may lose out on the one.
8.-Don't fall for the slick, dandified cake eater - the unpolished gold of a real man is worth more than the gloss of a lounge lizard.
9.-Don't let elderly men with an eye to a flirtation pat you on the shoulder and take a fatherly interest in you. Those are usually the kind who want to forget they are fathers.
10.-Don't ignore the man you are sure of while you flirt with another. When you return to the first one you may find him gone.

February 27, 1923. "Miss Alice Reighly, 1409 Harvard Street, president of Anti-Flirt Club, which has just been organized in Washington, D.C., and will launch an 'Anti-Flirt Week' beginning March 4. The club is composed of young women and girls who have been embarrassed by men in automobiles and on street corners." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


K and/or K said...

What a gem of a find. I'm off to happy hour...with my husband!

OH MY #6 said...

poor Miss Alice. She didn't know what she was missing. I bet she was a closet flirt!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I can't remember when I last spied a "dandified cake-eater". I must become more observant of my surroundings.

robinbird said...

you have me addicted to shorpy and this one is a prize :) love the newest header :)

Annie Coe said...


Susana said...

Hola Yoli! Gracias por dejarme un mensaje en el blog, me ha hecho mucha ilusión! Sí que estuve en China: estudié en Pekín un año en el 1991-92, después terminé mis estudios en Barcelona y me marché a Inglaterra un par de años a hacer Estudios Orientales en la Universidad. Y de ahí 9 años en Taiwan y 4 en Malasia... en Malasia conocí a mi marido y nos casamos hace un año. Ahora estamos en España medio de año sabático y trabajando en unos proyectos... tú dónde andas? Conoces China?

paris parfait said...

Great find, Yoli! xoxox

Liza said...

Igualmente, Yoli, me encanta esta edicion. Tenia una tia que tambien nos decia,"no te rias mucho que van a querer salsa." Nunca se me olvida. Hasta la proxima!

Vivian M said...

Wow, times have changed!

tangobaby said...

Oh! I simply cannot be part of the Anti-Flirt Club! It is against my religion.

Sorry, Miss Alice.

ps. I looooove Shorpy too!

Carl V. said...

That is just too fun! I had no idea there ever was such a thing. I bet she really was the most awful flirt in reality!!!

Alkemie said...

What a great list of rules to follow - and very well written.

Great find and thanks for sharing. Sometimes flirting can seem totally fun and harmless - at other times you find what seemed like harmless flirting turning easily into a direction that perhaps one hadn't realized it would. I agree it's important to guard one's heart ^_^



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High Desert Diva said...

This is hysterical!

willow said...

This is too, too cute! Thanks for the smiles! :)

Nyla said...

Ha! Somebody needs to write a romance novel about a cad who despite Miss Alice's best efforts, scandalizes her and sweeps her off her feet. (We need to get her some dental work first.)

Susie of Arabia said...

This is hilarious!!! Thanks so much.