1882

The news today (if by “news” one means “things posted the Internet”) is that society pages don’t like to feature ugly people.

It was quite by coincidence that in doing some legitimate research today I happened across a society column from 1882. All of it is quite fantastic (it is Miss Grundy’s Notes from the Washington Post on November 5, 1882, if you want to see for yourself), but a few notable items are these:

“Rotten Apple is the latest fling in color.”

“Senator Mahone did not have ‘room’ enough at the Portland and has gone to the Arlington. He wants the whole of Virginia.”

“Commodore English’s rose-bud daughter Miss Frankie, is a debutante this winter.”

“The Chinese minister’s wife, who is with him here, is his second wife. She is only seventeen years old, and is quite pretty.”

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