Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 2, 1961 · Page 93
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We pi I lo bri/xj out iheie Pair .- Preiidenlt 1o cotv-pele ·* clgon in the high prfced ' · i luxury mo'let. But heEorc x , we spend big money in ad * verMiirvg. we wanl youi '-.-- opinion ai a roii check or -\ our own enlhuiiaim. V/c'l '.'A let 100 of I h e t e mild Palnx ' ' ·.-·$ Preiic/ertli go lo yew ot the "'' Special lnlroducioryP«r ( \ only S4.95. ..-· YOU CAN'T LOS£. " · ' houie and tell wi '*«hat . you're not obiotutely con .". virv«H rhat'lhU It rhe mild^ cir !gori yo-j e«er tmoked i for leis than 15^ apiece, v return the btilante for your i S4.95 back in full. (Goad ; in rKe U. S. only.) '-WALLY" FRANk"fld." : 13? Church Si. Oepr. · N « w Y o r k ? , N. Y. PR126 SerxJ me 100 Pnlma Prei- idenU - I enclose $4.95. . - I ' l l tcil imote 25 and give J l ' m not delighted, I ' l l rm- ' turn the baionce for my . $ 4 9 3 bock. [Precise print name and acfdreii below.) Should a woman tell her age? A M IIIDLK-AORD WOMAN wailing in lint at the polls to register fur voting was asked her age as a routine question. "Thirty one," came her answer. "The year of your birth?" Startled, she flustered, stammered ami loughl for the right.answer. Her husband, standing behind her, saw her plight, did some (|uick calculation and gallantly helped his wife out with the appropriate hirlbdate. Til tell ur not to tell is a painful ques- tiini lor a lot of ladies. When trapped for a direct answer to that blatant question, many an honest woman loses her reason and lies ur . dodges the whole issue with n militant 21 plus, over 21 or 23. Why the white lie? Is it a protect inn against the fear of getting old or is it an attempt to keep the illusion of youth? This business of a({e, and the concealment of it, isn't just a problem for the glnnior girls whose paychecks may d i m i n i s h with each wrinkle, l-verybmly with any v a n i t y is calendar conscious, especially after 30. Housewives, career girls, secretaries and librarians are all addicted to p l a y i n g with the nnmlcrs. We've become a nation of little libbers. Some arc guilty ot it all the time, others p;nt lime and some not at a l l . Number Please Outspoken against this little deceit is actress Fayc Emerson, who stands up and lets herself he counted. "The number is 43 and I make no bones about it. I don't think a woman should make a federal case of her age, hut keeping it a secret only makes people more suspicions of what you're trying to bide. "I've been in the public eye since I was IS. It would be pretty silly to begin to lie now, especially since my age is now a published fact. I know I'm not going to convince anyone that I'm 30, and if I did, what would my 21-year- old son's friends think?" If Fa ye Emerson can look you straight in the eye and answer 43, there are dozens of actresses who aren't so forthright. One famous lady of stage, screen and television, noted for her ageless IxMiity, walked out on an interview with a newspaper reporter because she was asked "number please" as a prelude to bow she keeps so y o u t h f u l . The Soft Sell The United States is one of the few countries in the world so sensitive to aging. An anthropologist at Columbia U n i i c r s i t y pointed out tb.it f-'nropean countries have a "softer sell" about age. No European man would ask n woman how old she was. It would lc bad taste. And in some countries like Trance, the older woman and the younger man is almost a tradition. There are other culture.';, as in India, where age is h i g h l y respected. The older yon get the more prestige yon a t t a i n . No woman would ever t h i n k of sayinu she was younger t h a n she is. It would mean a demotion in social status. Hut here in the U n i t e d Stales 7 , the accent on youth has caused many a w o m a n to Ijccomc a chronic liar. If the lady in question doesn't have a good memory, she's got troubles. The husband gets one age, the Social Security Board another, and even the iliKlor gels the w r o n g ninnler. Only t h e Passport oflice really knows. Joseph Callaban, agent in charge of the New York division of the U.S. Passport Agency, is a fellow with a sympathetic ear for the woes of women with wandering birtbdntcs. Kind as lie is, Callaban can't do a thing, for them. "I've become a wailing wall for these unhappy ladies. They come to me as a last resort and always tearful. One woman told me her husband would leave her if he found out that she was 55 instead of 40. She told me she would have to cancel her trip if I didn't help lier." Some women try to help themselves with their own little tricks like spilling nailpolish, water and other solvents right on the portion of the passport that- tells the year of birth. It doesn't do a hit of good except d r a w more attention to that certain date. Surprisingly enough, the Passport oflice gels most requests to "do something" from non-professionals. Women traveling together don't want their girl friends to know how old they are. Before the present passport was mod- erni/.ed this past J a n u a r y , Mrs. Trances G. K n i g h t , director of the Passport Agency, looked into the mailer of possibly camouflaging age with "adult" or "21 plus." Job Discrimination After careful study of the problem, she arrived at no new solution. The date of birth remains as i d e n t i f i c a t i o n . If it were o t h e r w i s e , no country would rccogni/c our passport as-a valid document of U.S. citizenship. " W h a t w e suggest," s a y s M r s . K n i g h t , "is t h a t the traveler show the passport only to proper officials." While love, romance, vanity and the nosy neighbor arc the principal reasons ' why women play subtraction with their birth years, job discrimination is responsible for many forced age changes. Marguerite Coleman, chief of special placement service for the New York State Employment Service, allows t h a t there were times when a lie was the "open sesame" to a job. Porodt · July 1. 1941

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