SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1951
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Old Sears-Roebuck Catalog
Gift Ideas Aid Christmas Shoppers
JANE RUSSELL AGREES:
Servicemen Protest Skirts Lowering
By ATHENA SAVAS
With Christmas less than four
weeks away, the ever present prob-
lem of what to buy for members
of the family arises.
New and novel gifts are usually
difficult to find even though
stores and merchants continually
offer suggestions for the presents
that comprise the major portion
of the Christmas sales.
* * *
HINTS FOR GIFTS for the
"First Lady" of the family might
include a Yuletide corsage of
Christmas flowers or chrysanthe-
mums given a festive look with the
addition of Christmas fern or
Also if practicality is prefer-
red, perhaps a piece of furni-
ture that is needed might be
selected as a gift. A lounge or
boudoir chair for "her" room
might be appropriate. Other
smaller pieces of useful furni-
ture that may be given might
include lamps or small tables.
For the mother who spends
many hours at home, gay com-
fortable slippers or a hostess
gown for television or canasta
evenings would probably make a
useful, yet more personal gift.
Perfumes, cologne or sweet-scent-
ed bath salts will make more lux-
FOR THE MEN of the house-
hold, the ever faithful tie or socks
in colors that will harmonize with
their suits will make appropriate
packages to be placed under the
tree on Christmas Eve.
A reading lamp or lounge
chair might also be welcomed by
the head of the family, in addi-
tion to smaller gifts such as
pipes, tobacco, or poker tables.
Other suggestions might include
after-shave lotion, slippers, robes
or electric razors for the man at
home. For the day or working man
a new wallet, pen and pencil set,
lighters and shirts are usually
gifts that are welcome.
* * *
vice, perhaps a portable radio or
camera would make a gift that
would be appreciated. A shock re-
sistant watch of a standard make
to insure easy repairs would also
rank high on a list of desired pres-
The working woman or coed
would probably find useful and
appreciate one of the bright
colored scarfs that are available
in many sizes and materials.
Perhaps a scatter pin or neck-
lace might be given to add to the
versatility of the gift. Costume
jewelry of any type, earrings,
bracelets or pins are always pop-
A more expensive gift might be
luggage that is available in many
feminine colors and patterns.
By SADA BLAIN
Any Sears-Roebuck catalog of
the early 1900's reveals that the
young man of that period was not
content to sit back and let the
ladies steal the fashion show.
Grandpa probably arose on
Christmas morning clad in his
flannelette nightshirt, "soft and
fluffy like swansdown in baby
blue, pink, opal or lavander.
He might have the "beautiful
Sunday suit that any young man
would be glad to wear" displayed
in the 1905 issue of the catalog.
This number was described as fol-
"Fancy Tweed Roun'd Cornered
Sack Suit. This is a very pretty
combination of white, gold, green,
and red threads on a dark back-
ground-a very rich pattern and
one that will have numerous ad-
mirers. Price for coat, vest, and
Grandma had a wide selection
from which to choose 4 Christmas
gift for her beau. She might have
chosen No. 45C9910, one of the
sporty wash vests which were held
in affection by men about town:
"Men's Fancy White and Red
Dot Wash Vest. The background
in white is a sort of basket weave
effect, over this there are rows of
red dots, three-quarters of an inch
apart, each red dot having four
black dots around it. A very pret-
ty light colored wash garment."
Resentment and revolt have
combined together here in the
United States and in Korea to give
French Designer Christian Dior
some trouble in putting hemlines
AP Columnist Hal Boyle recently
informed readers of a letter re-
ceived from Lt. Tom Hamrick, now
residing near the 38th Parallel,
who assailed the dictate of Dior.
The SERVICEMAN is fretting
over reports that the creator of the
"new look" has again decreed that
women's skirts should go lower.
"speaking for a lot of guys sit-
ting around in a lot of holes, I'd
like to say Christian Dior is
about as far off base as an alli-
gator in a canary cage," Lt. Ham-
"He may not realize it, but if
Dior gets his way with women's
fashions he's going to be as popu-
lar as Kim Il Sung," the soldier
* * *
THE SERVICEMEN who repre-
sent this viewpoint have a few
friends, including Jane Russell and
G. Peter Rosenfeld, president of
the California Fashion Creators.
When asked this fall if she
would follow the Dior decision,
Miss Russell said, "Absolutely
"Down again, up again, down
again! I'm through altering my
dresses. They are going to stay
just the way they are now," the'.
Hollywood actress said.
Miss Russell said that the skirt.
is in just the right place now, ex-
actly in the middle of the calf.
So the servicemen continue to
worry about the wor in Korea and
the skirt problem at home,
G is for Glamour at Goodyear's:
And here are the sweaters that have it.
You'll be her favorite Santa if you give her
one of these companionable sweaters on
Christmas morning. They'll light up the eyes
of girls of all ages. Sweaters in wool, j
boucle or cashmere . . . sweaters for
all-around-the clock fashions . .. sweaters
demurely covered up, or sweaters
bare beautiful shoulders.. .
SWEATERS - MAIN FLOOR
Also at the Main Street Store
,, $ S
Scoop-neckline evening sweater
with dainty floral embroidery
and tiny rhinestone centers. In
white, cloud pink and sky blue
. . . sizes 32 to 40 . . . 12.95
As featured in D M I E L
i Adapted from the Paris couturier collections, a duet of
"bons vivants" by Alice Stuart with a whirl of gay days and
bright nights ahead of them. Both in wornder-washable tissue
R crepe . . . both outrageously flattering, extravagantly garnished
with Venice lace. Worldly? Choose the understated scoop
neckline. Bold? Try the audacious plunge neckline.
Smart? Take both in white, pink, maize, mint, mauve or
champagne. Sizs 32 to 38.
we gift wrap S
- Alice Stuart is a "skirt's" best friend.
ever-popular shrug sweater,
white, yellow, gold, grey,
a, red, lilac; navy, black
green. Sizes small, medium
large ... 3.95
.. , " i
Boucle sweater with sequin and
bead embroidery in white, egg
shell, pink and blue . . . sizes
32 to 38 ... 5.95
Short sleeve bib turtle neck
sweater with tiny buttons, in
grey, white, green and navy...
sizes 32 to 38 ... 5.95
Heatherton Cashmere cardigan
and short sleeve pullover, in
light blue, royal blue, green,
cherry red, brown, pink, yellow
and lavender . . . sizes 34 to
40 . . . cardigan . . . 22.95
short sleeve pullover . . . 18.95