1. When any adult, excepting your Parents, entered the Room, you would stand up. If you didn’t you’d get ticked off for sure.
2. You would always vacate a Bus or Train seat for a Woman or someone in senior years. You would also offer them your place in a Queue when alighting a Bus
3. You would never leave the Table without seeking permission first. In fact, you would usually not even bother asking, in the 50’s most would eat as a family and leave the Table together.
4. “Please” and “Thank you” were compulsory and unlike nowadays, if you didn’t say it, it wasn’t a case of the Adult saying what an impolite young child you were after you’d left, they would tell you face to face.
5. At School, every Teacher was referred to as ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’ and upon entry into the Classroom, everyone would stand and unanimously say “Good morning Sir”
6. If you wore a Hat, you would never wear it indoors, Home or Shop. You would take it off if you met or you were talking to a Lady.
7. “I want” were two ‘no no’ words, it was always “I would like” or “may I have” (followed by the mandatory Please and Thank you of course.
8. You would always open a door for someone, a woman or adult and allow them entry or exit before you.
9. ‘Speak when you’re spoken to’, another expression us oldens often say. You would not normally make the first comment other than to ask how a person was, you would sit politely when you had Guests ans wait for the question - and that was usually based around your Schooling!
10. Going back to Buses and Trains and even walking down the Street, if you saw a Lady struggling with her Shopping, you would offer to help, even if that meant going out of your way to take them to he home.