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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 22, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Oct. 22, 1919


Parisian gowns never before shown in this country and obtained only through the influence on M. P. Staulcup, technical and art director for “Lombardi, Ltd.,” the production starring Bert Lytell, that is the attraction at the Page theater Thursday as well as the latest creations from Harry Collins and Hickson models, are worn by the six famous beauty mannequins in this picture.

For six of the French gowns the bill was $3,500. The models from Hickson and Harry Collins, for which Mr. Staulcup made a special trip to San Francisco to get the gowns as soon as they arrived on the limited from New York, cost approximately the same.

Having cast for the mannequins six of the most beautiful girls that could be found in musical comedy, from the smartest of Fifth avenue shops, from the ranks of artists.

In selection the gowns the problem of Mr. Staulcup was more than one of merely selection the latest and smartest things, it was complicated by photographic considerations.”It’s those gowns that cause most of my troubles,” he said. “Care must be exercised in the selection of colors. Otherwise it might happen that a $1,000 creation would photograph on the screen no better than an inexpensive studio made costume. Certain shades of color do not show up on the screen, and still other combinations have a clashing or neutral effect when projected. Some of the most exquisite gowns at my disposal had to be cast aside after we made photographic tests of them.”


The word “rabbits” on board a Cornish fishing smack arouses the anger of the crew. Should the word be uttered as the boat is leaving the harbor, the speaker would stand a chance of being hurled overboard, as the mere mention of rabbits is believed to destroy all chances of a catch.


Many persons have not called yet for the government surplus army supplies, which they purchased in August, and which arrived by parcel post last week. The goods are in case lots and consequently too heavy to be delivered by city carriers.

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