The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 27, 1955 · Page 22
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 22

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 27, 1955
Page 22
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BLYTMYTLLl (ARKJ COOMB* WBWf TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1958 ; - - SUMMERY EVENINGS — Here are three creations from the Maid of Cotton Wardrobe to be shown .at the National Cotton Picking Contest fashion show Friday. All are for summer evening wear. Mrs. Ben Craven (left,) models a breathtaking white summer formal with rhinestones glinting from the Polonnaise shirring. The brocade cotton gives added texture and richness to the gow. Miss Linda Bean, seated at the piano, wears a waffle pique party dress, and Mrs. Joe Warren shows a one-piece fuschia cotton strapless dress with the newer flared skirt. {Courier News Photo ) Choose Fabrics Suited to Your Special Needs Start your redecoration planning .with an analysis of your individual requirements, is the advice given by decorators. There's a cotton for every type ol personality and lor every room in the house, but, no 1 ., all fabrics sun every kind of family life. Sturdy cott ons like denini and corduroy are best for active households where the liotnemaker hasn't the time to bother with special handling of materials and where fabrics take 11 beating from irrepressible small fry. Elegairt couon organdy, voile and sheer laces are fine for the family which demands lustidious surroundings and is willing- to make a slight extra effort to give these materials the care they de-serve. Decorators Prescribe Both rugged and ek-ti;uit types ot fabric are prescribed by high-style interior decorators, and buih kinds reflect good taste in contemporary American interiors. Most homemakers come to a successful compromise between thf-i for rugged serviceability, using the lighter fabrics in some of the rooms and the heavier materials in others where they're most needed. One advantage of cotton in redec-! orating is thai this one fiber covers j I he whole field of decorative possibilities with hundreds of different, weaves and textures. Each kind of fabric retains tiie relative advantages in its awn properties—unus- unl strength, wash-ability and attractive appearance. How To Choose Fabrics Both formal and informal cottons can give an ordinary home the freshly redecorated air of a show- pluce, according to the National Col ion Council. In the selection ol fabrics to suit your individual needs, one point to remember is that aU Jabrics in a room should have about the same ck'gree of formality. If you combine two printed fabric?, in nne room, there should be a distinct difference in scale, with j one pattern considerably larger than j the other. With a large .area. , like | carpet, which has an elaborate j stripes for other fabrics. When shopping, bring some swatches of the fabrics you like a,ntl compare them with the old fabrics you intend to keep. Buy new fabric only aftfir trying all the samples together in the room. desire for elegance and thtiv nc'AI! pattern, it's best, to use solids or Tablecloth Style Notes New Colors Of Sophistication Smart cottons in sophisticated hues echoing the sason's more popular decorator colors are a current vogue in tablecloth styles, reports Bates Fabrics, Inc. Charcoal and pink, green and chartreuse and brown and aqua are among the favorite color combinations. Many coUons feature dashing plaid borders which become a frame for either a plain pottery setting or an arrangfitnent of fine china Maid of Cotton Contest For 1956 Is Underway; Nassau. Site for Opening MEMPHIS — King Cotton has begun the search for his eighteenth goodwill and fashion ambassador — ,the 1956 Maid of Cotton. Announcing the opening of. the 1956 contest, the National Cotton Council said that next year for the first time the international Maid of Cotton tour will have its official opening outside the United States. Arrangements have just been completed, the Council said, for the new Maid to fly via British Overseas Airways Corporation Strato- cruiser to the world-famous resort city of Nassau, Bahamas, next January 31. Designer Cottons There, at the height of the tropical islands' winter season, the Maid will present a complete wardrobe of 1956 American designer cottons in a spectacular fashion show at historic Royal Victoria hotel. During her stay at the Royal Victoria, the Maid of Cotton will be received fay the chairman of the Bahamas Board of Development and other high government officials. She likewise will be featured in a 'ull-color movie to be made in the hotel's exotic Jungle Gardens and other Nassau locales. Nassau's queenly Royal Victoria hotel where the 1956 Maid of Coltou will tie whisked by a swift BOAC Bahamian flight on January 31 is a particularly appropriate spot for (he opening of a Maid of Cotton tour. The hotel — though thoroughly modern today — dates back nearly a hundred years. Built initially as a winter health resort, the Royal Vic early became the head- quarter* for Sovihcn cetton planters and cotton mill ewners from Encland'i Lancaihlre who met there t* plan means of running cotton through the federal blockade during the Civil War, Cotton—though herer far from the Royal Victoria, because of Nassau's year 'round mild climate—will return in full glory when iae 195« Maid of Cotton presents her fabulous collection of cruise cottons in the hotel's palm- sheltered outdoor dining terrace during her Nassau visit. Following her Bahamian visit, the new Maid will begin her United States tour in Miami, Florida. The tour will take her to more than thirty major American cities from coast to coast plus some of the principal cities of Canada. The Council said that plans currently being made indicate that the 1956 tour will include visits to more cities both in the 1 . United'States and abroad than at any time in the past. The contest finals will be held in Memphis on the coming December 28 and 29. Following her.selection, the Maid of Cotton will depart for New York where she will spend a month. During this time she will be . fitted with a glamorous all-cotton | wardrobe created by many of the | top designers of the United States. New York Activities In New York, too, the Maid will pose for newspaper and magazine fashion .photographers, appear on network television and radio broadcasts, attend ' Broadway stage plays, and visit many of the historic spots for which the nation's largest city is famous. As a finale to her-stay in Manhattan, the Maid will be starred in a special fashion show revealing her all-cotton wardrobe on the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria. The Maid of Cotton contest is open to any girl who was born in one. of the cotton-producing states, who is between the ages of 19 and 25, who has never been married, and who is at least 5 feet, 5 inches in height. Application Forms Official, application forms are available oh request from the National Cotton Council, P. O. Box 9905, Memphis 12, Tennessee. Closing "date,for the contest is December 1, 1955, and applications must be postmarked prior to midnight of that date. The Maid of Cotton contest and tour are sponsored annually by the National Cotton Council, the Memphis Cotton Carnival Association, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New Orleans and New York. King Cotton fte/g/is os Favorite Textile With American Women Homemakera continue to vott for King Cotton by henvy majorities In their purchase* of household textiles, the National Cotton Council reports. **' Washability, wrvicability and good style remain the primary reasons for cotton's popularity ai measured in public opinion polls about fiber preferences. Americans prefer cotton for the home by a margin of more than two to one over all other fibers combined with «7 per cent of a|l household textile* being made of cotton. Nearly 1 Million Bale* Market research estimates indicate that 2,727,970 bales of cotton were consumed during 1954 in the manufacture of sheets, curtains, carpets and other household textiles. This market accounted for more than 34 per cent of all cotton consumed by textile mills. Fashions in interior decoration lean more and more to the "all- cotton room" and even the "all-cotton house," with floors, .windows and furniture all decked out in cotton fabrics, winter and summer. Decorators attribute a large part of cotton's fashion leadership to the wide vareity of colors and textures available among the many different constructions on the market. Color has taken hold in all kinds- of household cottons, including sheets and toweli and floor covering. :, Duol Type Bed Fits Any Room Limited space is the problem that Is most frequently found in homei. today. That's why dual purpose bedding ha« become so popular in th« years since World War II. With dual purpose bedding, any room In the house can quickly be converted to a guest bedroom. A sofa bed, studio couch, or other type of dual purpose furniture piece equipped with a comfortable cotton innerspring mattress can provide extra sleeping space at a moment's notice. Dual purpose bedding is so smartly styled today that it Is difficult, to tell the convertible piece equipped, with a cotton Innerspring mattress from an ordinary piece of furniture. Sofa beds come in a variety of styles that fit into almost any decorating scheme, from traditional to modem. VARIABLE "TON" The "net ton," stanoara in the United states, is equal to 2000 pounds; Britain's "long ton" equals 2240 pounds; Europe's "metric ton" '- equivalent to 2204.6 pounds. Hints on Care of Tablecloth Help to Set Gracious Table Mealtime si ains in tablecloths should be rinsed out as soon as possible alter they occur. This keeps the stain from setting before the cloth can have a regular laundering. The increasing popularity of cotton napkins and tablecloths helps solve the problem of stains, snice cotton is naturally washable. White cotton damasks can be bleached successfully, while gay printed cottons should be washed without bleaching. Here are additional hints lor tablecloth care: Stains from spi.Ued gravy or salad oil dressing will dissolve if soaked in cleaning fluid for about 10 minutes. Use cleaning fluid to remove grease or lipstick stains also. Wash after the stains are removed. To remove candle drippings, using the dull edge of a knife, scrape away the bobs of wax. Soaking j (he area in cleaning fluid will remove the wax base. Then, if any stains remain, soak 30 minutes in | a solution of two tablespoons ot! hydrogen peroxide to four quarts J of water; rinse, and wash., j The secret of proper ironing lies in the proper hanging of the table- ' cloth after it has been washed. Fold ; it. down the center evenly and drape it over the line with about 3-4 in- '• ches on one side and the remain- i der hanging down the other side. It will be easier to iron the,.cloth j if it i* removed from the line while still damp. Fresh summer vegetables such \ us asparagus, broccoli, green beans, spinach, or .Brussels sprouts taste especially good with a margarine-lemon sauce. Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with one- fourth cup of melted margarine lor j a sauce that brings out the best j flavor of the vegetables. Read Courier New? Classified Ads w. AND E. OATS COMPANY COTTON McCall Building Memphis, Tenn. Telephone 37-1631 - LD 517 Compliments of The Southern Pickery INCORPORATED Phones 9-2138 35-1438 1565 Clancy Mtmphii, T«nn. We, your neighbors and fellow cotton men, again applaud your major contribution to our common cause. The National Cotton Picking Contest has become a world renowned symbol of the teamwork and indomitable strength of our great cotton industry. We are mighty proud" of you. Memphis Cotton Exchange

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