1. British writer Lucy Lethbridge chronicled the evolution of the service industry in her book Servants: A Downstairs History Of Britain From The Nineteenth Century To Modern Times. Today on Fresh Air she discusses the paradox of how servants were expected to be both visible and invisible:


Servants are in this rather curious position of being both required of being highly visible and completely invisible. The high visibility of a servant with an elaborate uniform opening the door is very much an indication of status, we use it all the time as a shorthand in films and television programs … for grandeur.



At the same time, the wheels of the house were oiled and required to be run without any apparent effort at all. So if you passed a servant sweeping the stairs she either had to turn her face to the wall or she nipped behind little doorways that were often … on staircases or along corridors or back stairs because her presence is almost an admission that the house didn’t run itself.



via the guardian

    British writer Lucy Lethbridge chronicled the evolution of the service industry in her book Servants: A Downstairs History Of Britain From The Nineteenth Century To Modern Times. Today on Fresh Air she discusses the paradox of how servants were expected to be both visible and invisible:

    Servants are in this rather curious position of being both required of being highly visible and completely invisible. The high visibility of a servant with an elaborate uniform opening the door is very much an indication of status, we use it all the time as a shorthand in films and television programs … for grandeur.

    At the same time, the wheels of the house were oiled and required to be run without any apparent effort at all. So if you passed a servant sweeping the stairs she either had to turn her face to the wall or she nipped behind little doorways that were often … on staircases or along corridors or back stairs because her presence is almost an admission that the house didn’t run itself.

    via the guardian

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