[Washington, D.C.]: National Highway Users Conference, (1956). Side-stapled pamphlet, measuring 4.25 x 6 inches: 48 (wrappers included in pagination). Original blue wrappers printed in white and black; illustrations printed in blue and black throughout text. Lightest edgewear.
Midcentury printing of Emily Post’s pocket guide to manners for drivers, first published in 1949: “Far too little traffic courtesy is shown on our highways. . . . Behind the wheel of a car, men and women both whose behavior in all other circumstances is beyond reproach, become suddenly transformed into bad mannered autocrats.” Post had long been interested in the new forms of social life made possible by the automobile, publishing a popular travelogue, By Motor to the Golden Gate, as early as 1916. In Motor Manners, she reframes a number of traffic safety rules – respect right-of-way, stop for school buses, don’t drink and drive – as questions of manners: “An honorable man or woman would no more cheat traffic regulations than cheat at games or in sports.” A crisp, near-fine copy of a motoring classic.