On the previous threads many people brought context and detail about the life and times for each season and mentioned novels that capture the same era: details of the survivors of the Titanic; the social impact of the Great War on England across the classes; technological developments; laws concerning inheritance etc. Others noted things just out of synch with actual historical developments (e.g. references being made to Chicago Bootleggers in 1920)
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From Jessie Q on the 3:1 Episode thread.
Victorian Domestic Servant Hierarchy and Wage Scale
You people are so smart! As mentioned at the above link, a first footman's "...main job was to be tall, handsome
and represent the estate's grandeur." Furthermore, "Premium salaries were paid to a pair of first and second footman whose size and appearance made them look like twins. The idea was that they were most impressive if, like book ends, they matched."
The link's info relates to Victorian England, but Carson should have been pleased by guy's height.
And from Althea8 on the 3:1 Episode thread.
I've read the opposite about the footmen, this is a blog about Etiquette and Downton Abbey and the bit about it http://www.huffingto..._b_1888700.html
"A footman's height - The new footman Alfred arrived and much to the dismay of Carson, the butler, Alfred was found to be over six foot. Height discrimination did go on - and indeed still does to a certain extent nowadays - as the liveries (uniforms) that footmen wore were often so expensive they were made to 'average height' (5 foot 6 or 7) so employing someone so tall would mean they would have to spend money to adjust a livery or buy a whole new one. Today at Buckingham Palace, footmen are mostly today's average height of 5 foot 8 inches, for the same reason."