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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 17

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Try Thanksliuing Through Decor 1 I V I ' u W mi - ' HOLIDAY BOUQUET - A harvest of color (left), with glossy leaves forming the heart. Use squash like this, and apples. Wheat for feathery touches. Bits of palm, as the creative urge comes. If you wish, spray the entire bouquet in gold gilt, add some glowing tapers and berries and it will be transformed from a Thanksgiving irto a Christmas table centerprice. Versatility of this arrangement is its greatest appeal. No doubt you know women who seem to touch ordinary objects . . squash, grapes and dried corn . . and it becomes grace personified. Garden Club members are well-known for their creative gifts. A group of them got together the other day, and lovely, autumn hued table arrangements for Thanksgiving emerged. Photos By Tony Ives Is 41711771' . JS&Ms, CONTRAST - Providing a contrast (below) to fruit and vegetables, including a bright pumpkin are flowers and foliag.' placed by Mrs. Ray D. Cm (center), Mrs. Clifton L. Rice (left) and Mrs. Robert L. Warner are apt students. " "m "" ! i., Ill I" . . " I ,mnill Jy skwSi Women r . PalmBeachPost'MOBday'Nw-25'1968-17 s' - xi! fi?: 1 ENJOYINO THEIR WORK At l.f, ' ' V ll'J 1 ENJOYING THEIR WORK - At left, ' " Mrs. Evprptt F. Prann (lpffl anrt M' ' : f V ' 'V J 4,53 lllllil Mrs. Everett E. Craun, (left) and Mrs. vegetables V J. H. McElveen, both of West Palm ' . L ? v)' 'V l I SLl W Beach, add inauisitive-.oo.ung quail to ' V . f; ' ffi S- ' B M J. H. McElveen, both of West Palm Beach, add inquisitive-looking quail to -r -m IVPZS' "STw- ' XNi' "A? ibcu nirangenirai 01 com nusns, vege- i .W '""HZ-"' '.7Jr W '-.J - I It 1 Bill their arrangement of corn husks, -r."v-i tables and fruit. J- .A' - ilk ; and fruit. Mrs. Nixon New Mistress of Mansion No 'How To' Books For Being The First Lady . ' ;- ' 1 N A By HELEN THOMAS WASHINGTON (UPI) - Pat Nixon will have a free hand to set her own style when she takes over as first lady on Jan. 20. There are no special guidebooks for presidents' wives. Each defines her own image. But she will find a wealth of kindly help from the outgoing First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and her energetic staff members who love the White House and all it represents in American life. So far, Mrs. Nixon has given no hints about the shape of things to come. She has yet to name a press secretary or a White House social secretary two major assistants she can hardly do without during the next four years. As a wife, mother of two beautiful marriage-age daughters, and hostess of 132-room house known as National Park Service Reservation No. 1, she will have her work cut out for her. She also will inherit a staff of 72 household helpers, cooks, maids, butlers, carpenters, electricians, an upholsterer and gardeners. Some are the continuing link with the past, keeping the household running smoothly, as presidents come and go. "A first lady is not elected by anyone but one person her husband," said Mrs. Johnson's press secretary, Elizabeth Carpenter. She gets no salary, but she has a tremendous job thrust upon her because she is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Mrs. Carpenter added. "Pat Nixon will rise to the occasion," she predicted. "She has been married to a man who has been in public life so many years ed on the White House stage. Early in his presidency, Johnson did a lot of dancing and made headlines. Nixon plays the piano, folksy tunes like "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." But any talent helps to put over a presidential party. In addition to her heavy schedule of entertaining, Mrs. Nixon will be overwhelmed with the mail that will flow in for her and her daughters Tricia, 22, and Julie, 20. She will have a correspondence staff, headed by Betty Tilson, to handle letters from well wishers and critics. Many correspondents will ask for help, some of it within the realm of the first lady to give. She also will be besieged with invitations for public appearances and more and more will be called upon to "say a few worlds." Johnson once described the first lady's press department, headed by Mrs. Carpenter, as "the Hell Department." Whomever Mrs. Nixon chooses as press secretary will face chores similar to those handled by Mrs. Carpenter. She has funneled information on subjects ranging from the White House kennel to historic weddings of the Johnson daughters Luci and Lynda. Her chief job, of course, is to keep the first lady's activities on front pages and television screens. "I see myself as a conduit between the first lady and the press," Mrs. Carpenter said. She is a former reporter herself. Mrs. Nixon also will find an insatiable public curiousity about her daily life, her wardrobe, her daughters and their dates when she is no longer a private citizen but the first lady in the land. Mrs. Nixon, who has been entertained in many foreign capitals including Buckingham Palace, will be able to reciprocate on a grand scale in the magnificent gold-draped state dining room. There are traditional parties which are a "must" for each administration, including annual receptions for members of Congress, the diplomatic corps and the Supreme Court. President Johnson, who loved his alma mater Capitol Hill so much, gave 10 parties for members of Congress with SO couples each his first year in the White House. Johnson's spontaneous hospitality also caused his social secretary, Bess Abell, to learn to roll with the punches. On Dec. 23, 1963, the President looked out the window, saw it was snowing and decided it would be a fine day to have members of the House and Senate over for a party with the fireplaces aglow before they went home for Christmas. They all came. Mrs. Johnson ran regular tours through the family quarters, giving politicians' wives a rare view of private life in the White House. With Johnson as host, "flexibility" has been Mrs. Abell's byword. The Nixons will find that their most immediate predecessors the Kennedys and the Johnsons set a new tone in White House entertaining. The crystal chandeliered East Room has become a showcase of great American performers. And to these artists it is the most glamorous one-night stand in the nation. Metropolitan opera stars, leading ballerinas and Shakespearean actors have perform as a congressman, senator and vice-president." Her advice to Mrs. Nixon is "to be what comes naturally." Nevertheless, any future first lady inevitably will be compared to her predecessors. Mrs. Johnson followed the elegant Jacqueline Kennedy on the White House stage at a time of national grief over the assassination of President Kennedy. But in her five years she has made a strong impression on the nation with her beautification campaign. Mrs. Nixon, a former teacher, has indicated that as 33rd first lady she will do her own "thing" in the field of education. But her format has not yet come to light. Through her years in the national spotlight Mrs. Nixon already knows that the first family is public property and the White House belongs to all the people. The proprietary interest of the outside world has sometimes been almost too much to bear for past occupants of the big house situated on a tract often called "lonely acres" by President Johnson. Mrs. Johnson has graciously given Mrs. Nixon the blueprints of the family quarters on the second floor, which also includes some historic rooms including the Lincoln suite. In preparation for the inauguration the While House is getting a new paint job an occurrence every four years. But the executive mansion's first floor is a national shrine and Mrs. Nixon has no plans to redecorate. "I sort of like it the way it is," she has said. Since the "Jackie" days, it has become more of a tourist rnetca with some 12,000 visitors going through each day in the summer and a somewhat smaller crowd in the winter. It also is a revolving door for heads of state when a new administration takes over with foreign leaders wanting to meet and measure the new president of the United States. Mind Your Own Business Art As An Investment Onward And Upward tions on the part of art experts. When the price of a painting is high, and by high we can arbitrarily establish the figure of $100,000 or more, the risk of losing is great. Of enormous importance is the rise and ebb of the art buying public's interest in a particular School or artist. On the whole, the greatest profits ai " long-term profits. Even a short review of the art markets should raise a red flag to the person who wants to speculate by buying a painting in the hope of realizing a quick profit through a fairly short-term investment. By PATML'RPHY The art world collected in New York City last month for a two-day auction of some 80 European paintings at the Parke-Bernet Galleries and attracted the attention of the Wall Street Journal. A recent advertisement by Bankers Trust Co. in Finance Magazine fovuses upon its handling of an estate that included a legendary art collection and the $875,000 that Bankers Trust realized for the estate from the sale of a Fra-gonard. At one of those $100-a-throw one-day seminars on investments for rich investors a portraitists. Or consider two sales of the same Utrillo painting just one year apart and in a period of rising prices. In July, 1957, his "Aubervilliers" sold at Sotheby's in London for 9200 pounds. One year later the same painting sold for 7000 pounds a loss of about $6,000. There are many specific rules to guide the investor in art, and certain broad considerations. Among them are these, according to Benjamin Rush: To have value and to hold it a painting must be authentic and not subject to reserva Looking at the seven paintings then sold as a group, the collection brought $2,186,000. It has been estimated that Goldschmidt's estate realized a profit of $1,920,000 on the sale. The Goldschmidt paintings were impressionists and post-impressionists, which is where the action's been. For example, in just the last five years, works by the post-impressionist painter Maurice de Vlaminck have about doubled in price. One Wall Street broker's collection of lesser known post-impressionists has increased 150 per cent in value since good deal of time was spent arguing the relative investment merits of Old Masters versus Jackson Pollock. Then there's the Houston businessman who, according to rumor, is close to his goal of cornering the free market in Rodin sculptures. All of which serves to focus attention once again upon art as an investment. A carefully constructed Art Price Index developed by Benjamin J. Rush pinpoints the overall movement of art-prices between 1925 and 1960. using 1925 as the base year equal to 100. By 1929 the Index stood at 165: in 1930 it was back to 100; in 1933 it had declined to 50. By 1935 it stood at 71; by 1940 at 81; by 1945 at 102; by 1950 at 150; by 1955 at 290 - and then by 1960 it reached 981. The current art boom, it can be seen, began with the decade of the fifties. It's been onward and upward ever since. Handsome profits have been realized as a result. When the cream of the Jakob Goldsch-midt collection was sold not too long after the boom began, van Gogh's "Public Garden at Aries" went for $369,600 - or almost 25 times its purchase price 30 years before. 1961. But this shouldn't mask the fact that public taste in art changes and paintings once keenly sought can go out of style and lose their value. Consider the Stotesbury Collection of five Romneys, a Lawrence and a Hoppner. The cost of this collection of British portrait painters to Edward Stotesbury was $852,713. When the collection was sold in 1944, it brought a total of $68,700 - a mere 8 per cent of the investment cost to the collector. And yet these, too, were paintings of great beauty and excellence by the cream of the once popular British 1

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