Recently legendary Charles Ferruzza wrote in his article about the annoying habits of the restaurant servers:
There’s no boot camp for waiters and waitresses, but there should be.
Apparently such a place existed in Wichita, KS in the late 1940’s according to this article in the Life Magazine.
The undeclared but stubborn warfare which exists between waitresses and the eating public has long been despair of restaurant keepers. Too often the comforting cling of an owner’s cash register dwindles rapidly because his employees hook an occasional thumb in the beef stew.. Other arguments for home cooking usually involve waitresses who assume that too-short skirts, bright ail lacquer and plunging necklines are superior to deft hands and tidy uniforms as serving assets. This keeps wives (and their husbands) away in droves. Such practices are dismaying to a 52-year r-old ex-bellboy named John O’Meara who has been touring the U.S. since 1931, spreading the gospel of good waitership.
And now for some vintage photos (original captions preserved):