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Arcade Erected in


Becomes a Landmark

Banks Feature Christmas Clubs
To Help 'Santas' Purchase Gifts

n. ,

The Arcade is certainly one of
the main landmarks on State
Street and its erection in 1915
marks the beginning of the area as
it is known today.
The Arcade was envisioned by
Thomas Nichols, a rugged indi-
vidualist and life-long Ann Arbor
resident. Nichols owned the strip
of land between State and May-
nard Streets. The Arcade, obvious-
ly, would put many stores on the
property and also create an easy
access to Maynard.
Stroke of Genius
One stroke of genius was to se-
cure the branch post office in the
Arcade. This, in effect, brought
the students back to the campus
area. There were no mail deliver-
ies in Ann Arbor at that time and
students would have to hike down
to the post office, then located on
Main and Ann Streets.
Late in the afternoon the stu-
dents would go down for their'
mail and drop in at Joe Parker's,
the Orient or other drinking
places. But with the post office
branch in the Arcade and Prohi-
bition shortly thereafter, State
Street came alive.
Aspiring Virtuosos
Next to the .Arcade on' Maynard
was the School of Music building

which is still being used by aspir-
ing virtuosos. North of the music
school was the Ann Arbor Press
building. Here, before the depres-
sion, "The -Michigan Daily" was
edited and printed. On the second
floor were the athletic offices of
the University.
Across the street on Maynard
was the old Majestic Theatre. It
had originally been a roller skat-
ing rink and today the parking
lot is located there. Next to it was
the Granger Dance Hall. This,
too, closed and was taken, over
by a mortuary. Today the Uni-
versity Television Service has its
offices in this building.
Main Artery
When the theatre closed and
death inhabited the roller rink,
the Arcade lost its function as a
main artery of pedestrian traffic.
But with the post office at one
end and the bank at the other,
the Arcade was still pretty well
The Arcade, with its pillars and
15 stores, is today a thriving busi-
ness center and unique structure
in Ann Arbor.
One estimate as to the original
cost of the Arcade was set at
$150,000. It was created by the
A. R. Cole Co.

When Christmas comes, small
girls eye large dolls with blonde
hair and blue eyes, boys longingly
handle missile shooting devices or
guns and parents begin to worry
about the cost of providing one
Betsy-Wetsy doll and two machine
guns for "the kids."
Banks have attempted to aid
Santa Claus along these lines with
Christmas club accounts, easy ways
to accumulate money throughout
the year so that when Christmas
comes ye olde pocketbook isn'tj
emptied in one fell swoop.
Plan Vacations
Savers use Christmas club ac-
counts for a number of purposes,
bank officials report. High on the
list of "ways to spend my Christ-
mas club money" is, of course, gift-
giving. But close behind are plans
for vacation trips over the holi-
days and the thought of extra
money for the first of the year to
tide families over after big Christ-
mas spending.
The Ann Arbor Bank reports
that it does $1.5 million in this

type of business. The accounts nor-
mally run with 50 payments re-
quired throughout the year. Pay-
ments can run anywhere from 25c
to $20.00.
Children are frequent users of
such accounts; it is helpful for
Johnny to be able to take part of
his allowance each week and put
it away where he can't get at it
when tempted for an ice-cream
cone. The adults who use the ac-
counts have the same end in mind,
gifts for loved ones, but probably
use the club methods in order to
maintain weekly budgets.
Tax Advantages
An Ann Arbor Bank official also
reported that businesses utilize
Christmas club accounts for tax
reasons. Some small businessmen,
faced with prospects of large first-
of-the-year tax bills, will begin
early in the year to regularly ac-
cumulate funds. Then after prob-
able increased expenses at the end
of the year they will have the re-
quired money for taxes without
feeling tremendous strain on budg-
etary expenditures."

The volume of banking increases
at Christmas time too. Commercial
enterprises with increased revenue
from pre - Christmas shopping
bring in increased deposits. In ad-
dition there is increased book work
done; more people buying write
checks for purchases and these
must be processed in the banks.
Inventories Increase
Of course, commercial accounts
are more active too since Christ-
mas inventories increase and pay-
ments for the purchased goods in-
crease the banks' clerical opera-
The two banks most familiar to
University students are both lo-
cated in the State Street Area.
The Ann Arbor Bank, long located
in Nichols Arcade, has now been
in a new, drive-in banking building
for almost a year and a half. And
the Ann Arbor Federal Savings
and Loan Association, further
down the street, is noted not only
for its service but for the clock
and temperature which shine down
from the revolving sign.

BUILDING SUPPORT-This photograph, taken Sept. 2, 1915, shows one side nearly completed. The
walls were propped up with supports against the neighboring building.

Christmas Time Brings Fashions
To Brighten Some Feminine Eye

The sparkle of Christmastime
brings a gleam into a woman's eye
as she contemplates making the
seasonal glitter a part of her holi-
day wardrobe.
Christmas formals, afternoon
teas and tree trimming parties
challenge the wardrobe conscious
woman as the increased activities
of the holidays provide many op-
portunities to make her clothing
an interestingly colorful part of
the scene.
On the campus, however, inter-

est in clothing at Christmas does
not center just on apparel for the
special holiday events. University
women take a closer look at cam-
pus styles as they consider gift
possibilities for others and formu-
late their own Christmas requests.
Sweaters Popular
Always a popular gift item at
Christmas, the sweater will rank
high on gift lists again this year.
Students in Ann Arbor are seek-
ing mostly mohair. Pink provides

JAPANESE BOWL-One of the many "finds" which can be found
at the Art Shop.
Foreign Student Remains
To Found India Art Shop*

the bright spot in color popularity
as the demand is mostly for basic
colors. No certain style is par-
ticularly in demand. V-necks and
cardigans sell equally as well, as
long as they are bulky.
Winter weather and anticipa-
tic:; of snowy days revive interest
in the eternally popular and prac-
tical ski sweater. Sweater empha-
sis this season also falls heavily
on zipper cardigans with leather
elbow patches.
Blouses, too, are welcome gift
items. Button-down and round
collar blouses, classic favorites of
University women, will constitute
the bulk of Christmas sales. The
blouse with the bartender collar,
coming in a variety of prints,
plaids and strips, also remains an
important part of the wardrobe.
Still Short
The fall prediction that skirts
would get longer won't come true
this winter on the campus. Al-
though skirts have been coming
into the stores longer, they are
either ignored or shortened by
University women.
The wrap around skirt is in the
campus spotlight now. The A-
skirt also will be much in evidence
this winter. Suede trim on skirts is
very much in demand. Kilts con-
tinue to play a favored role in the
drama of campus apparel.
Holiday events provide many oc-
casions for wearing a variety of
dresses and dress shopping be-
comes particularly exciting at
Christmas as the stores blossom
with brightly colored cocktail
dresses. Stunning brocades, in red,
deep greens and blues and always
black, highlighted with gold trim,
are featured in many stores now.
Going from the realm of glamour
to practicality, the Christmas dress
shopper will become very much
aware of the popularity of the
shift dress. Comfortable and often
attractive, the shift is appearing
more and more on the campus this
The season's activities frequent-
ly call for wearing slacks. A touch
of elegance is found in the many
slacks of cotton suede while the
warmth and attractiveness of wool
perpetuate this material as the
most popular for slacks.
Hip huggers are still selling
well, store personnel report, and
a new interest is provided by-the
addition of a small cuff to tapered

FROM MAYNARD STREET-The other side of the nearly com-
pleted Arcade in late September of 1915. Soon the doors and
glass will be installed and the businesses move in.

State Street on Campus

NO 3-3441

faio"n'autnority says...
"A gift from COLLIN'S
means more to your:
} I 4 roommate
4t 11 {'housemother
and mother."
Here are wonderful ideas for those
special gifts ... allI under $500
pettipants key and cigarette blouses
panties cases purses
slips jewelry umbrellas
curler caps jewel cases belts
shower caps hoisery, scarves
slippers hose cases gloves
boutique items hankies fur mittens
aprons knee socks cummerbunds
wallets tights ski accessories
calendar gift towels
Gifts for $5 and more
jewel boxes sweaters
stoles slacks
robes skirts
dressy blouses
Mon. and Fri. 9:00 to 8:30
T. W. Th. S. 9:00 to 5:30 CL I '
State and Liberty

Exquisite carvings and intricate
patterns from India, Hong Kong,
Japan and Pakistan fill the display
cases. of the India Art Shop on
Mayniard Street.
Each article has been selected
by the owner, S. A. Rahman, '30,
in his bi-annual buying tours
through the Near and Far East.
His "finds" are canvassed by an-
tique hunters throughout the Unit-
ed, States as well as students and
their parents.
Born in India, Rahman came to
the University to study political
science and stayed to set up this
shop in 1935. For several years he
made two trips yearly to select
merchandise but now limits his
tours. Although the quality of his
articles has not changed, the last
twenty years have affected him
as much as any citizen of the
In 1939 he cut short a tour and
left Paris the day before the war
was declared., Since 1947 he has
considered himself Pakistani rath-

er than British Indian as his fam-
ily had to leave India.
He has no hard feelings when
he returns to India, however. There
he seeks the brass work as well as
carved screens and ivory inlaid
tables and boxes. He has found
three to four hundred year old
brass works there for his custom-
Although he uses English as a
trading language, he has contacts
throughout the world. In Hong
Kong he seeks new products in
ivory and silks as well as antiques
from the mainland.
Japan is his source for old carv-
ed ivory, pearl and laquer works.
Cloth and bedspreads are his main
articles from Pakistan.
A few years back he found some
Fucha Dogs, Chinese antiques, and
at resent he has in his cases two
ancient Japanese "Stuman" bowls.
Although he carries a growing
amount of African art, he buys it
from American outlets, confining
his tours to the East.

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