This segment of an NBC morning show from 1956 showcases the unveiling of the then new Eames Lounge Chair, with Charles and Ray Eames themselves presenting their wares. I can’t get over how these three people relate to each other and how charming they all are. I find their manners (as in the manner in which they behave, not etiquette) so beguiling. They speak intelligently, with kindness and courtesy, and most important of all, they sound and act graceful.

I have a project I am considering, a book. This program speaks to the subject matter perfectly. Our culture has been stripped of its grace and class. At least on the scale of the masses. Gone are the days when anyone would relate to another person with such care. Granted, this was 1950s television and propriety was of utmost importance. The question I would seek to pose is: why isn’t it now?

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