a continual state of inelegance (donnaimmaculata) wrote in little_details,
a continual state of inelegance

Hand kiss in the 1930s

Would a 30-something Welsh aristocrate in the early 1930s kiss a lady's hand on being introduced to her? Or would he shake it? Or just make a bow and not touch the lady at all?

The character is a military man, well travelled and modern-minded, but his father is a very old-school Welsh nobleman and the character's education on social etiquette took place in the early 20th century, so it is probably pretty traditional. Thanks to Jane Austen, I am aware that the gentleman would make a bow to the lady in the 18th century (shake hands with more intimate acquaintances), and I have the idea that the hand kiss was common in Victorian times, but I didn't find anything on its status in the Edwardian and post-Edwardian period.

I tried googling "1930s", "Edwardian", "social codes", "etiquette", and "hand kiss" in all possible variations, but I guess the question is too specific to find the right answer if you don't know where to look.

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