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Special King Cotton Days Edition BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS Special King Cotton Days Edition BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1954 Maid of Cotton Contest for '55 Now Under Way National Cotton Counc Seeks Official Envoy From Mid-South Girls The 1955 Maid of Cotton contest now is open, the National Cotton Council .announces. Search for a beautful young girl to represent the 13 million members of the American cotton industry on an exciting six-month international tour will cover the 18 states of the Cotton Belt, the Council reports. Any girl born in one of the cotton-producing states who is between the ages of 19-25, has never been married, and is at least 5 feet 5 inches tall is eligible to compete for the honor of serving as fashion and good will representative .for King Cotton. Entry Forms Entry forms and complete details about the contest are available from the National Cotton Council, Box 18, Memphis, Tenn. The girj who is chosen 1955 Maid of Cotton has an action-packed, six-month adventure ahead. She will tsur some 40 major .cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe to carry news about American cotton fashions, along with a good will greeting from the cotton Industry. The 1955 tour will be the seventeenth. Maid of Cotton journey. The Itinerary of the 1955 Maid will be extended in Europe. It also will include the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, B. C., for the first time. Fashion Show Star As official envoy from the land of cotton, the Maid will appear as featured model in all-cotton fashion shows in each city she visits. She also delivers good will greetings to mayors, governors, • city and civic leaders wherever she travels. The youthful cotton emissary becomes an international' celebrity during her tour, for radio, television, newspapers, and magazines feature her, activities throughout the trip. At the beginning of her service for King Cotton early in January, the Maid of Cotton will go to New York to be completely outfitted in a glamorous all-cotton wardrobe. Best-known designers in the United States will create smart dresses for every occasion and for every season of the year for the Maid to wear. This wardrobe Will show the latest developments in cotton fash-" ton fabrics and the season's new fashion trends. European designers will add cotton fashions to the Maid's collection during her visit abroad. Maid's Sponsors The Maid of Cotton is sponsored by the National Cotton Council, the Memphis Cotton Carnival, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York, and New Orleans. The Maid will be accompanied throughout her tour by an official chaperone representing the National Cotton Council. Deadline for contest applications is midnight December 1. Application forms obtained from the Cotton Council's contest headquarters must be completed and returned along with two photographs, a head and shoulders portrait and a full-length", view, postmarked no later than the deadline date. Judging Points The Cotton Council emphasizes that the Maid of Cotton competition is not a beauty contest in the usual sense. Personality, poise, intelligence, and background are equal considerations. Approximately 2 0 contestants will be chosen from the applications and photographs to compete in person at contest finals. I ilYTHEV8LLE.AIIIC. ""V „ ANOTHER NATIONAL COTTON PICKING CONTEST FIRSf — Shown above is the 1954 official National Cotton Picking Contest ville cotton trader who died in May, the book contains a program of events of the two-day event, a history of the development of program cover featuring the "new look." For the first time in 14 cotton and pictures of the nationwide publicity used this year to years the program has a new cover, and for the first time in the same number of harvests it was printed in Blytheville, home of the contest. Background of the cover is red with the map of the United States and the hand holding the cotton bale printed in black and white. Dedicated to the memory of B. G. West, well known Blythe- attract attention to the contest. The program coincides with other firsts, like the five states air tour. The cover photograph was made by Lee Bearden, Jr., while Rowland Faust edited the publication. It was printed by Franklin Press. (Courier News Engraving) Cotton Fashions Set Pace for College It is a well-known fashion axiom for many occasions- Now with the the campus is the tote bag. Popu- There are many amazing cotton sewing accessories to save you time and trouble these days. Pinch-pleating draperies, for example, always used to be an involved chore. Today a washable Conso pleater -tape makes professional pinch, box or cartridge pleats in minutes. You simply sew the tape to the drapery heading, insert special hooks into the woven-in pockets. And presto—they're ready to hang! Cafe curtains can be made in minutes with Conso cafe curtain heading. This is a decorative cotton braid with woven-in loops'for the rod. It washes beautifully, with no rings to remove. The shirring headache has been erased by another accessory. ;Two cords woven into a flat Conso tape, stitched to the fabric, are pulled to make shirring in a jiffy. is Conso Permette, a specially treated buckram that enables you to make a cornice on a sewing machine. You can cover it with fabric *nd edge with decorative trimming. Hornet's Nest DETROIT, Mich. (*) — It just doesn't pay to antagonize the little woman — even if you have two policemen with you. Raymond Cobb, 40, went to the home of his estranged wife with the two officers to establish Mrs. Cobb's residence for a divorce suit he planned. Mrs. Cobb bopped her husband with a bookend, fired a vase and * dish at the officers and then pushed one of the officers down the stairs. Cobb and one of the policemen required first aid at Receiving Hospital. that the college girl sets the pace. Many of the trends that come to •the world of high-fashion originate on the campus. Fashion reports this year say that, the coed is picking cotton for fashions ranging from snug dormitory lounging pajamas to glamorous dresses suitable for the dean's tea.' Campuses throughout the country are seeing . an invasion from Bermuda this year in the form of long shorts and the Bermuda kilt, a new skirt shortie the same as the shorts. Bermuda are favorites in ' cotton khaki, cotton plaids like the Black Watch green or Stuart red, and in soft corduroys. Some of the pert little kilt skirts have their own attached underpants. Worn with both of these shorties are cotton ribbed, knee high socks. Adaptable Jumper Voted "most popular" and "most versatile" at many schools this year is the jumper in newer and smarter styles than •wer before. Collegians love the jumper in smooth cotton velveteen, rich corduroy, and in quilted ginghamc. The jumper is wonderful for the classroom when teamed with crisp cotton blouse — and it's perfect for dates when worn alone with jewelry added to dress it up. The career girl will join with the college miss in.singing the jumper's praises. She can wear it to the Office with a blouse and remove the blouse after working hours to advent of year-round cottons, she i lar - in "velveteen and in plaid .cot- o straight from her desk to a dinner date. "Car Coat" Popular The current craze for the foreign sports car has popularized a new cind of coat — the "sports car coat/' The hooded "duffel" coat has become a favorite for the open car. Many of these are designed in wind and rain resistant cotton, with natural, black, and grey as most notable colors. The coats frequently -are lined in contrasting plaid. The hood protects a lady's ocks as she zooms about the campus on wheels — or in many cases, n loafers! The college girl today has a high ,Q. when it comes to economy in JiOthes. earned That is to select has and ] other styles which can serve duty is choosing these adatpable fabrics for a large part of her campus wardrobe. She can don these cottons the opening day of school and wear them right through final exams in the spring. Season-Spanning: Fabrics Sucn season-spanning fabrics as cotton tweeds, dark ginghams, menswear suitings, cotton failles, damasks, khaki twills, and textured cottons have captured the coed's fancy. She loves the trim dresses and ensembles that designers have created in the all-weather cottons. The college girl owes an apology to the navy man this fall. She has made a direct steal from the sailor for one of her new fashions, a middy blouse tied with a new fashion twist at the neck. The sailor collar blouses are seen in the traditional solid colored red and blue cotton broadcloth with white trim and also in cotton prints. An accessory that rates high on How to Keep Sheets Clean: Fresh, clean cotton sheets are an invitation to refreshing sleep. Here are some tips for washing them cleaner than clean. If you launder them by hand, the tub should be no more than half full when the sheets have been added. If you use a home washing machine, follow carefully the directions for your own machine. Don't wash colored items with white sheets. You can save soap and bleach by soaking sheets in clear, cool water for 10 or 15 minutes before washing. ton, tote bags are ideal for any woman because there is plenty of room for Storing all the odds and ends she accumulates in her purse. Lace Curtains Of Cotton Make Big Come-Back Cotton lace curtains are skyrocketing to new fame in When a second soapy rinse is indicated, use warm water (120 degrees) and half as much soap as before. Very hot water can set soil. Lift sheets from the Water so that soapy curds won't stay in the sheets. Rinse in warm water till the last water is clear. For extra smoothness, starch lighly. To dry, hang sheets folded right side out, hem to hem, letting hemmed edges hang over the line about one foot. fashions. Reminiscent of the "good old days." but with an entirely different look, laces and embroideries have been re-discovered by the homemaker, market experts say. If you take a look at your favorite curtain counter, you'll easily see i why there's so much talk going j around about something that has j been taken for granted heretofore. New laces are definitely style- conscious, woven in many new patterns and designed with a feel of true elegance. There are new sizes and types that blend with every interior, be it traditional, modern, or provincial. Keep step with the popularity of cafe curtains, many novel laces are offered in this category. Lace tiers are shown with beaded heading and matching panels and valances. There are all-over plaid patterns and even a stylized vine and grape design, a far cry from the traditional look in laces. Many of these cottons have special finishes which make them stay crisp and wash easily. Jaycees to Present 15th Annual Cotton Contest Tomorrow Varied Events On Two-Day NCPC Program For 14 years the National Cotton Picking Contest, held in Mississippi County, Arkansas, has been one of the leading national promotional _ ^ mediums for raw and processed cot- ^ a ' v f Qr ton as well as one of the nations ^ rtff " * /-v^r-,/^ , , , , \sQ uton v/ouncii leaamg agricultural events. Homeowners Told to Prepare To Beat Next Summer's Heat Forewarned is forearmed, so the | cows and doorways, the sun's rays saying goes. And homeowners can will help brighten'and warm rooms get ready this fall to beat next summer's heat before it begins. cmring cold weather. To help save fuel, the Council points out, ad- Now is the time to take down j mitting solar heat in the winter i* "' as important as keeping it out in the summer. :: Woven Cotton New Item in Window Shades Big news in window shades is a nubby, woven cotton sparked with gold metallic threads. The new shade created by Freda Diamond, a leading home fashions designer, promises to be one of the most popular window-decorating peatedly won awards in state and ideas of the fall season. national competition for their spon- Using the nanasome textured cot- j sorship of the contest. ton for the room side of the shade, Miss Diamond couples it with" a simple, woven fabric on the reverse j side. This combination gives a! warm, luxurious look to the"interior j while uniformity is maintained out- j side the house. j The new window shades can be Because of its effectiveness in promoting improved quality through proper harvesting methods, the Contest receives active support of cotton producers, merchants, processors and civic leaders throughout the Cotton Belt. In addition to the actual picking contest,- a wide range of programs and events is held to give cotton men new knowledge along with plenty of entertainment. Last year one of the special events included a Farm Forum conducted by nine members of,the Cotton Subcommittee of the TJ, S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee. At this forum, attended by a large number of farmers from a wide area, the Committee heard statements from the farmers on their views of the cotton program. Other items on the two-day program were addresses by nationally known agricultural leaders, Cotton Dress Style Show, and a mechanical cotton'picking exhibition by alt makes of pickers. On the other side of the program was funlul entertainment for the whole family. This included street dances, a "Cotton Court", a" "name band" Cotton Ball, a colorful parade, and a beauty pagent. Each year a "Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest" is awarded an expense-paid trip " to Havana, Cuba, and a $500 Cotton wardrobe. Last year 20 beauties from five states competed for the much sought title. Thirty-seven entries from three states in the Clothing from Cotton Bags Contest depicted such items as bathing suits, evening dresses, street clothes and childrens clothes. ill items in the contest were made' rom cotton bags. The two-hour picking contest usually sees over 200 top pickers in he field competing for the $2,500 :ash awards. First prize of $1,000 ash goes to the World's Champion Dicker. A special prize of $250 is •iven to the woman picker, although he is eligible for the title prize Iso. Contest judging is based on three chases of the hand picking art— 1) Amount of _ cotton picked (2) Condition of the rows after pick- ng—(3) Cleanliness of the cotton )icked. Pickers last year from as far away s California assaulted the 50 acre ract of open bolls while thousands f spectators cheered them on. National publicity of the Contest s carried each year by newspapers n 48 states as well as national ra- io and TV shows and news reels. r isiting reporters, photographers, adio and television broadcasters take the news of the Contest throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and many foreign i countries. The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce has in years past re- awnings and store the- National advices. Smart homeowners, who want to save time and trouble later on, will see that their awnings are put away in tip-top shape. If awnings have weathered several seasons, the frames may need re-covering with bright new canvas. There's no need to wait until next spring to have this job done, the Council points out. Homeowners can order canvas now from a wide' selection of. patterns and colors and have their awnings fabricated this fall. Then they can sit back and relax, confident that they can beat Old Sol to the draw when summer returns. Proper Storage and Care proper Cotton Is Used In New Sidewalk Moving Conveyor BelHsMadeof Tough Cotton Duck A moving sidewalk is the newesti idea in. .transportation. , : Recently* mit into operation in canvas will last about five years and can be replaced on old frames for half the original installation cost.. This means homeowners can enjoy a colorful change at regular intervals and at no greater expense than maintaining so-called permanent awnings, according to the Council. Awnings in good condition should receive careful attention before S* New Jersev i toe .** flat storage to comfortable insure home a well-dressed lor the next sunny season. Dirt helps mildew form, so cleaning the canvas will give it a longer life. A hose or soft broom and clear water, may be used to wash the fabric on the frame. Coat of Paint For another year's use, awnings may be given a coat of paint to restore the color and make the canvas more mildew resistant. Awning dealers use a special preparation which protects the natural oils of the cloth and leaves it soft and flexible. For best results, use the same color and apply paint while canvas is on the frame. It's a good idea to have metal framing painted once a year to prevent rust from damaging the cloth. Awnings should be stored in a cool, dry spot. Rafters or saw horses are good resting places for rolled-up canvas, since they both allow air circulation. With awnings removed from wrn- Hints in Den Decoration Planning to redecorate- the den? Start with a fabric design that utterly charms you and go on from there. One captivating pattern on cotton can motivate your entire decorating scheme. You may find just the thing in corduroy, in denim, chintz, sailcloth or any one of the many different textures available in colorful cotton. Whatever the drapery pattern, you'll find that it can be echoed in wall and floor coverings. senger belt conveyor — a moving sidewalk, in effect. ' It has been, placed, in use to CQnnect the. passenger-boarding platforms '; of* th« Hudson and Manhattan Railroad with the Erie Railroad terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey. The new speedwalk was installed to transport. homeward bound New Jersey commuters for a distance, of 227 feet up an inclined ramp leading to. the-Erie railroad terminal. The belt, made of a sturdy, specially woven • cotton duck im- . pregnated with rubber, saves commuters time and-energy. It delivers passengers who walk along its moving surface to the end of the. ramp in 35 seconds, compared with normal time of 55 seconds. Number of Passengers The speedwalk can handle 10,800 passengers an hour in a single direction at a speed of one and one- half miles an hour. Only about 9,"COO commuters "now"use"the"TSrI*~ tube station daily. Plans have been made for a similar cotton conveyor belt connect-. ing Grand Central Terminal with Times Square in New York City. Other conveyor belt projects involving passenger transportation ar» being considered. These include systems which would link fringe area parking lots with downtown shopping centers, airport administration buildings with plane-loading areas, and lower-level with top- level seating areas in large stadiums. Cotton Used for Belts The cotton fabric speedwalk was designed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and- Stephens- Adamson Manufacturing Company. For many years cotton conveyor belts have proved efficient in the handling of mass transportation of bulk materials. The National Cotton Council reports that last year nearly 100,000 bales 01 cotton were used in the manufacture of conveyor belts. into more and more home furnish- Bedsreads, drapes, slipcovers and Denim Favorite Decorator Fabric Denim, long popular for sports usea"\vitn''eitnermoderror^rkd'i-| ai l d workwea f'.. is j i ^^! ^L^! y tional motifs. Draperies made from fabric matching the metallic cotton shade are especially effective. . . , According to the" Window Shade! closet accessories are among the new uses oemg found for this popular fabric that has long proved its worth for its low cost, long-wearing and easy-washing qualities. Decorators recommend denim as an ideal fabric for housewives to use in making their own slipcovers. Denim is also being made into attractive closet accessories—clothes bags, shoe bags and duffle bags for laundry or use as a general carry-all. tnis nn up Designer Warns Homemakers To Keep Decorations Simple William Pahlmann, of the Amer-, He also contends that "bathrooms ican Institute of Decorators, advises j should be peppier than most of the average homemaker to adopt this basic approach to home decorating: "Keep it simple." By following that one rule, the amateur can avoid a hundred decorating disasters and create an atmosphere in good taste, using vir- them are." Tips on Basic Furniture Basic furniture should be simple in line and built to endure, Mr. Pahlmann advises. "You don't buy a sofa very often, and when you do, it's an important investment that should last for to 5' will be made up to 72 inches in width. Bed Can Go Soft NAUGATUCK, Conn. tB—A mattress you can make as firm or as Soft-as you like has been per- fecter by a firm here. You sleep on a surface of foam rubber supported by an "envelop of air, joined to lateral cylinders of air," the firm says. The firmness or softness is controlled by regulating the air pressure through a valve at the foot or the bed. Out of Dote NORFOLK, Va. (.?>—The Virginia State Ports Authoritl wants the U. S. Department of Agriculture to discuss • the so-called Liverpool lard agreement with the British. It seems that the British some 35 years ago declared . that if any meats went bad which were shipped in summer from a U. S. port south of "Philadelphia the sellers would bear the loss. This risk not only limited summer shipments- American sellers used northern ports the year round rather than alternate. But says the ports authority, modern refrigeration has made such a rule obsolete. S moggy Haul PASADENA, calif. IM— A theif broke a window screen on an office building, reached in, and grab- Tricks with Towels Change Powder Room Even a very modern powder room, filled with 20th century fixtures, can be right at home in a house decorated in Early American style. Cotton kitchen towels can help do the trick. Make cafe-style window curtains of a yellow and red kitchen towel printed with spinning wheels, rocking chairs and other Early Americana. Paint the walls a yellow to match that of the towels and put up a Colonial-style mirror of wood instead of a chromium medicine cabinet. Even a simple electric clock can Colonial if you mount it in a bed for valuables. All he got, the j wooden salad bowl lined with cot- Stanford Research Institute ret- j ton chintz; bore a hole in the cen- ported, was a notebook of smog j ter for the clock cord. The bowl control records — "flowmeter cal-[ serves as a frame for the clock ibration charts." ' f ac«. tually any decorative scheme. j years," he says. "Get a straightline Elaborate fabrics and furniture j sofa—one with straight back and may work for the professional, but, j arms—and it win always be in keep- in the hands of an amateur, may i ing with your other things, even produce horror interiors that drive J though fashions change. A period the occupants neurotic in a matter j P iece § ets dated after a few years." of weeks. *-' s easier to make slipcovers for a simple, straight-line sofa than for | an elaborate, curving type, and the "Keep It Simple" "To the average lay person, I have j simplier the design of the sofa just this simple admonition—keep the more you ^ let yourse il go i f ei TV* Til A ? * o»i T»C- 1\/T*» O.-j ViT»vi <r\ TM"» . , . it simple," says Mr. Pahlmann, whose New York studio reflects an exiotic motif, interpreted with 'a contemporary flair. "We use loads of cotton," he says. "I particularly like chintzes and printed lawns. "Decorating takes acknowledge of how to mix things," Mr. Pahlmann says. "If you don't know what you are doing, don't try to mix too many things. "It's a good idea not "to get too many colors,in a room/' he advises. "One good approach is monochromatic—use a single color throughout the room. Two-Color Combination "Another is to use two striking colors in combination, such as brilliant orange and red; but this must be done with great care. If the combination is too garish, either you'll get very tired of it, or you won't use the room very often." Mr. Pahlmann says the dining room is the best place to experiment because it gets less use than any other room in the house. "Here you can go to town and knock 'em dead," he says, adding that "color stimulates appetite and conversation," with the slipcover pattern, "I'm a great believer in slipcovers," he says. "Even where the decorating budget is high, I often put inexpensive cotton slipcovers on the soft, using different patterns for summer and winter." Oriental Cotton Designs Following a tour of the Orient, Mr. Pahlmann has recently created a variety of dresswear and decorative cottons inspired by his travels. These include an embossed lawn: with the flavor of delicate tracery on a Siamese screen, a soft poplin based on a Hindu sari and a sheer lawn suggesting the wares of Oriental caravans. He feels that the Far Eastern influence is attaining new prominence in contemporary home furn- ishjngs and that the American housewife today can "decorat* with fabiics of style and taste inspired ; by motifi from many corneri of the world." But the exotic note must be handled with discretion. In caw of doubt, the homemaker contemplating a plunge into, any riotouc decorating scheme i* advlMd to heed his original injunction: "Keep It •imp]*."