Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Courtesy of Generation Magazine Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Courtesy of Generation Magazine

A blast from the golden era: Shadya, Abdel Halim teach us etiquette through pictures

Tue, Feb. 26, 2019
CAIRO – 26 February 2019: Sixty-three years after they were taken, pictures of Shadya, actress and singer, who has been depicted as an icon of beauty and elegance by the Egyptian Cinema, and Abdel Halim Hafez, singer and actor, who was known for capturing women’s hearts, resurfaced.

The rare photos, which have circulated for the very first time since 1956, leaving many reminiscing and nostalgic, teach men how to treat women.

Initially posted in Generation Magazine, Issue 215 of February 6, 1956, under the title, “A lesson in etiquette”, aimed to teach male readers how to treat women, whether they are their lover, partner, wife, or sister.

And to the tips:

1- A husband, lover, or brother should always help a women out of a car in a gentle and polite manner.

WRONG: The first photo shows Abdel Halim smoking a cigarette while Shadya is trying to get out of the car.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: The second photo shows Abdel Halim helping Shadya out of the car, with a smile on his face.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

2- A man should never walk ahead of his sister, significant other, or wife on the stars.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: The first photo shows Abdel Halim walking up the stairs while Shadya trails behind him. She is clearly shocked at his behaviour.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: Here, Abdel Halim is holding Shadya’s hand is and is walking beside her, almost a step behind her.

3- A man should never push his way first through a door and should hold the door open for women.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: In this one, we can see Abdel Halim trying to push his way through a door, ultimately squishing Shadya.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: In the second photo, Abdel Halim is holding the door for Shadya with a smile, and is waiting for her to enter before him.

4- When kissing a women's hand, a man should never pull her hand up.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

WRONG: Abdel Halim is pulling Shadya's hands up to kiss it upon greeting her; however, she looks in pain.

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Shadya and Abdel Halim Hafiz - Generation Magazine

RIGHT: A man should always lower himself to be at a close level to the women before kissing her hand. This way, he will not pull her hand up.



 
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