Black and white photos provide insight into life as a trainee butler in the 1950s in England

What the butler saw! Stunning black-and-white photographs give a picture of life as a servant in the 1950s, learning to fold napkins, cutting meat and loading a gun

  • Students are taught by Mr. Samuel Bretson, one of Britain's best known butlers, in these monochrome images
  • Shots show the hopeful people who learn how to prepare poultry, serve a table, deliver afternoon tea and load a gun
  • Mr Bretson also shows how a perfect crease can be ironed in trousers and pieces of meat can be prepared
  • Most of the 1950s were already servants, waitresses, and servants looking for tips to sharpen their skills
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Learn how to fold napkins, catch birds and make a suit: these were all integral parts of how you could become a butler in the 1950s, according to a recently excavated photo series.

The black-and-white shots provide insight into what life was like as an intern in Britain during the decade.

Led by Mr. Samuel Bretson, one of the nation's best-known butlers who served American musician Liberace, hopeful people are taught the tricks of the household for some of the most important figures in society.

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Most of the 1950s were clerks, waitresses, and clerks who attended evening courses to improve their knowledge of their profession in the hope that a Bretson certificate would enable them to get a better job.

The series of monochrome shots show how you can prepare poultry birds at the table and prepare an outfit and shoes to be worn.

Other insightful images show Mr. Bretson the rules of dinner on a blackboard, students learn the right etiquette to serve food at the table and show how the perfect fold can be ironed in trousers.

Further crucial skills that clerks, waitresses, and clerks would like to learn at the school are for butlers: how to get the important naps from a tray of tea in a room – and how to load a gun.

Students in 1950 learn to improve their napkin folding skills under the leadership of Mr. Samuel Bretson, one of the country's most famous butlers

Students in 1950 learn to improve their napkin folding skills under the leadership of Mr. Samuel Bretson, one of the country's most famous butlers

A student at the School for Butlers learns how to wait at a table and juggle countless plates under the watchful eye of Mr. Bretson

A student at the School for Butlers learns how to wait at a table and juggle countless plates under the watchful eye of Mr. Bretson

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A student at the School for Butlers learns how to wait at a table and juggle countless plates under the watchful eye of Mr. Bretson

Bretson demonstrates to two students the right technique to cut different bird joints at the table with the help of two tools

Bretson demonstrates to two students the right technique to cut different bird joints at the table with the help of two tools

Bretson demonstrates to two students the right technique to cut different bird joints at the table with the help of two tools

Most of the 1950 class are young servants, waitresses, or servants who & # 39; are taught in the evening to improve their knowledge. Samuel Bretson points out the pieces of meat on a lamb carcass for two students

Most of the 1950 class are young servants, waitresses, or servants who & # 39; are taught in the evening to improve their knowledge. Samuel Bretson points out the pieces of meat on a lamb carcass for two students

Most of the 1950 class are young servants, waitresses, or servants who & # 39; are taught in the evening to improve their knowledge. Samuel Bretson points out the pieces of meat on a lamb carcass for two students

A student who learns how to become a perfect clerk in 1950, including being a gun loader if you participate in your yacht hunt
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A student who learns how to become a perfect clerk in 1950, including being a gun loader if you participate in your yacht hunt

A student who learns how to become a perfect clerk in 1950, including being a gun loader if you participate in your yacht hunt

Mr. Bretson shows a male and female student different types of glassware to be used for certain drinks

Mr. Bretson shows a male and female student different types of glassware to be used for certain drinks

Mr. Bretson shows a male and female student different types of glassware to be used for certain drinks

This Butlers March, depicted in 1951, is led by Mr. Bretson, who shows the right way to carry dishes with one hand behind your back

This Butlers March, depicted in 1951, is led by Mr. Bretson, who shows the right way to carry dishes with one hand behind your back

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This Butlers March, depicted in 1951, is led by Mr. Bretson, who shows the right way to carry dishes with one hand behind your back

Mr. Samuel Bretson introduced himself to spell the rules for the perfect service on the plate for the benefit of his students

Mr. Samuel Bretson introduced himself to spell the rules for the perfect service on the plate for the benefit of his students

Mr. Samuel Bretson introduced himself to spell the rules for the perfect service on the plate for the benefit of his students

Bretson expertly demonstrates to his student the right way to iron the perfect fold in trousers

Bretson expertly demonstrates to his student the right way to iron the perfect fold in trousers

Bretson expertly demonstrates to his student the right way to iron the perfect fold in trousers

This image from the series of monochrome images shows hopeful cooking tips from Mr. Bretson - using an alleged roast chicken
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This image from the series of monochrome images shows hopeful cooking tips from Mr. Bretson - using an alleged roast chicken

This image from the series of monochrome images shows hopeful cooking tips from Mr. Bretson – using an alleged roast chicken

Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates false skills to his student - here is showing the right way to lay clothes; a suit and shoes

Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates false skills to his student - here is showing the right way to lay clothes; a suit and shoes

Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates false skills to his student – here is showing the right way to lay clothes; a suit and shoes

A dinner scene set up to teach the young servants, waitresses or servants how to improve their skills. Most who take this evening class to improve their knowledge hope that a Bretson certificate will help them get a better job

A dinner scene set up to teach the young servants, waitresses or servants how to improve their skills. Most who take this evening class to improve their knowledge hope that a Bretson certificate will help them get a better job

A dinner scene set up to teach the young servants, waitresses or servants how to improve their skills. Most who take this evening class to improve their knowledge hope that a Bretson certificate will help them get a better job

Mr. Bretson demonstrates the art of folding napkins to a student in 1950. The precise method is eagerly viewed by his female classmate

Mr. Bretson demonstrates the art of folding napkins to a student in 1950. The precise method is eagerly viewed by his female classmate

Mr. Bretson demonstrates the art of folding napkins to a student in 1950. The precise method is eagerly viewed by his female classmate

In this image, Mr Bretson shows his students the right etiquette for serving and removing plates at the dining table

In this image, Mr Bretson shows his students the right etiquette for serving and removing plates at the dining table

In this image, Mr Bretson shows his students the right etiquette for serving and removing plates at the dining table

Time for afternoon tea! Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates the correct etiquette to his student on how he can bring the perfect tea tray to a room in 1950
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Time for afternoon tea! Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates the correct etiquette to his student on how he can bring the perfect tea tray to a room in 1950

Time for afternoon tea! Mr. Samuel Bretson demonstrates the correct etiquette to his student on how he can bring the perfect tea tray to a room in 1950

A student prepared a cutlery for a place at a dining table. The set consists of three knives and forks on both sides of the plate, as well as a dessert spoon and an extra fork on the top

A student prepared a cutlery for a place at a dining table. The set consists of three knives and forks on both sides of the plate, as well as a dessert spoon and an extra fork on the top

A student prepared a cutlery for a place at a dining table. The set consists of three knives and forks on both sides of the plate, as well as a dessert spoon and an extra fork on the top

Samuel Bretson, who was appointed as the butler of the infamous W¿adziu Valentino Liberace, an American pianist, singer and actor.

Samuel Bretson, who was appointed as the butler of the infamous W¿adziu Valentino Liberace, an American pianist, singer and actor.

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Samuel Bretson, who was appointed as the butler of the infamous Władziu Valentino Liberace, an American pianist, singer and actor.

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