MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Feb. 17, 1947

Notes on U.S. customs, habits, manners & morals, as reported in the U.S. press: ¶ New York's Industrial Commissioner Edward Corsi gave his answer to the old question of how much to tip. His scale of average tips: taxi drivers, 12%; barbers, 15%; waiters, 71%; bootblacks, 5¢ a shine.

¶ South Carolina's House of Representatives made its second attempt in two years to amend the state's 52-year-old constitution to permit divorce. The House suggested as suitable grounds: incurable insanity, habitual drunkenness and physical cruelty. But chances of approval by the stand-pat Senate were slim. ¶ Jack McVea's raucous tune Open...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!