Emily Post’s “Picnic Trash” in Etiquette>/em> (1922)

“Regard for Others” is the heading for Emily Post’s picnic advice in Etiquette (1922). It’s not what you might expect because it’s about trash!  “People who picnic along the public highway, she writes, “leaving a clutter of greasy paper and swill (not a...
William Dean Howells’ April Hopes (1887)

William Dean Howells’ April Hopes (1887)

According to William Dean Howells, “People do all sorts of things at picnics.” This is the point in April Hopes, a novel about a love match that begins on a picnic on the Bay of Fundy’s rocky shore and then progressively goes bad.  The picnic is metaphorical,...