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Mrs. Edwin Main Post (1873-1960)
Date: 1901
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 8.6 x 6.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Object Number: 1905.198
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Marks: engraved on back of case: "Mrs. Edwin Main Post/nee Emily Bruce Price" scratched on inside of case: "9-21-01" and "1453" inscribed on the cardboard backing: "Carl & Fredrika Weidner Pinxts [sic]/N.Y. 1901 Mrs. Edwin Main Post" stamped on back of case: "BLACK, STARR & FROST STERLING"

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Emily Price met her future husband, Edwin Main Post, at a ball held at a posh Fifth Avenue mansion. Their disastrous marriage ended in divorce after Mr. Post's philandering with chorus girls and aspiring actresses became a public scandal. The resourceful Emily Post went on to achieve lasting fame as a public arbiter of etiquette, publishing her first book on the subject in 1922. The Emily Post Institute continues to provide guidance on etiquette and civility in print and online.