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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 36

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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IfC - August 10,1975 Sundav Geuette-MaH Inside Fashion African Model on Scene A No-Color Scheme Adds Feeling of Spaciousness to Room Plexiglas Accessories and Vertical Blinds Contribute to Look Designer's Touch Spotlight on Windows By Connie Shearer One of the best ways to make a room seem larger and lighter is to choose window treatment carefully. Eyesores -- such as too high sills, beneath-the-window radiator -- can be cam- k ouflaged by cloth vertical blinds which also make marvelous scene changers. They can hide bad plaster and lend fresh definition and architectural emphasis to windows. Light control remains absolute because they swivel 180 degrees without relinquishing their linear look. * * * THE VERTICAL treatment in white or off-white can 1 be perfect for setting a no- color mood. Our photograph shows a room done in white and off-white. Sand-beige modular seating units go U-shape around the room, while off-white in the tile floor and shade cloth vertical blinds follow through in suave combination. Soft rust carpeting is used .and plexig- lass accessory pieces contribute to the no- color theme. A cluster of bronze and clear plexiglas pedestals for plants and sculpture are used in front of the windows. They add a see- through repetition to the vertical line. As a special conversation piece, .a-plexiglas easel gives the painting it holds the effect of floating on air. Women of Revolution Worked Outside Home By Eileen Shanahan C 1975 N.Y. Timei New Service WASHINGTON - George Washington never asked Betsy Ross to make a flag, Mrs. Ross was a businesswoman who did it on her own. undoubtedly in an attempt to drum up some sales. Molly Pitcher, who fired a cannon at the Battle of Monmouth. may or may not have been Mary Hays McCauly of Carlisle* Pa., as some histroians believe. But the key fact about her legend is that there was not just one Molly Pitcher but hundreds -- re- .spectable but poor wives who traveled and ^fought beside their husbands in the Revo- ·Jutionary Army because they had nowhere ielse to go. V* Both the incorrect stories that have tgrown up around specific heroines of the ^Revolution and the general picture that ihas been painted of the women of the co- Hpnial period as retiring, stay-at-home la- idies. were attacked in a dozen different tpapers presented at a bicentennial confer- Jerice on "Women in the Era of the Ameri{can Revolution" at George Washington ;pniversity last week. p One recurring theme of the papers was tthe number of women who were self-sup- i-porting. Betsy Ross was typical: A widow "who successfully kept up her late tius- · band's upholstery business, and passed it I-on to her heirs. Making flags, mostly for ;,military units, appears to have been a ^profitable sideline. ' H Detailed statistics on working women ; in the revolutionary era were presented in | a paper by Kathryn Allamong Jacob, the ;' archivist of Johns Hopkins University. She ·^discussed old records that showed that 48 r per cent of all the widows in Baltimore in f 1796 were in business as were 93 per cent f 6f all spinsters. t'. While most engaged in businesses that fare regarded as traditional for women -*as seamstresses, innkeepers and board- t-inghouse operators -- others did jobs rang- *ing from making watches to operating a rprick kiln. J.'- Mary Catherine Goddard managed the - newspaper and printshop where one of the - earliest printed copies of the Declaration - of Independence, possibly the first, was - made. Another Baltimore woman, Ann 'iRawlins. inherited her husband's orna- ·. mental plaster business and "supplied - George Washington with stucco pieces for .' the banquet room at Mount Vernon." one of De Pauw's graduate students, John Todd 'White. ; Even the name "Molly Pitcher" was not used for the first time until 1859, he found. "It is interesting," his paper continued, "that writers have usually assumed that 'Molly' was carrying drinking water to thirsty soldiers, when in fact she was probably engaged in a more essential military task. "Water was an essential element in the firing of artillery, for after the cannon was discharged, the barrel had to be swabbed with water prior to reloading." In other words, she was probably carryng water for the guns. . But the most fundamental error of 19th century historians. White said, was "the automatic assumption that Molly Pitcher was an abberation." The masses of lower class women who traveled with the revolutionary armies, doing specific chores and officiallly receiving half-rations -- they were not prostitutes but wives -- were a common sight on battlefields and treated as commonplace in contemporaneous accounts. No one knows how many of them like '''Molly Pitcher" may have taken over and fired cannons in place of disabled men. ' ;' · LESS COMPLETE records from other f cities, discussed by other participants in · the conference, disclosed a similar pat- Itern. * - The findings about what American wom- * en really did in the late 18th century come as something of a surprise to most contemporary Americans, according to Linda Grant De Pauw. who organized the confer; ence, "Because 19th century historians re- · wrote the history of the revolutionary era ~. to conform with their own Victorian ideals : "of what women should be and the 19th cen- - tury version became the accepted one." '· De Pauw is associate professor of - 'American history at George Washington '. University. Her book: "Founding Moth; ers: Women of America in the Revolution- · .ary Era" will be published by Houghton iMifflinin the fall. ' ~. The historians of Revolutionary War ' }iistory|by 19th century writers were efo- pbasized in a paper on Molly Pitcher by THE STORY of Deborah Sampson Gannett, who bound her breasts to hide her sex and served for three years as a member of the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment, appears to have been less distorted, according to a paper presented by Julia Ward Strickley, formerly a member of the staff of the National Archives. Miss Sampson, who married after the war, was wounded at both Tarrytown and Yorktown, and detailed records of her military career existed because of her application (which was successful) for a soldier's pension. In 1830. after her death. Congress awaded her pension to her widower, an unprecedented action. Indian women, as well as white women, played some important roles in the Revolution, according to Barbara Graymont, Professor of History at Nyack College. Two of the most famous, both spies on enemy troop movements were a Cherokee, called Nancy Ward by the whites, who was loyal to the colonists and Mary Brant, a Mohawk, who was loyal to the crown. Both were individuals of considerable influence with their own people for many years after the war. though Nancy Ward was largely unsuccessful in her attempts to persuade the Cherokees not to give up their land to the whites. Graymont's paper emphasized the important role in Indian councils that was held by some women, not only among the six tribes of the Iroquois Nation, whose relatively egalitarian treatment of women has long been known to historians, but also in many of the southern Indian tribes. The participation of the head of toe council of clan mothers in the council of chiefs continued, in most of the southern tribes "until their society was shattered by removal to the west," Graymont found. Black women apparently did not play a great role in the Revolutionary War. as such, but a paper presented by Allan Kuli- Koff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture, dealt with the changing status of black women during thejite colonial period. MRS. J. E. SNIDER JR. . . . former Diane Coffey Diane Coffei/, James Snider - . Wed Saturday Miss Diane Marie Coffey. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Coffey of 3613 Kanawha Ave.. SK. became the bride ol James Edward Snider Jr.. son of Mr; and Mrs. James E. Snider of Bluelield. at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Conrad G. Crow officiated and music- was provided by Mrs. James McCrary. Mrs. K. B. Martin Jr. was matron of honor for her sister and bridesmaids were Mrs. James P. Campbell Jr. Miss Brenda Cummings and Miss Linda Brison. The bridegroom's father was best man and ushers were James Nelson. Thomas Jude and Clifton Pearce. FOLLOWING A reception at the church, the couple left for a wedding trip to North Myrtle Beach. S. C. They wilHive at 1701'.-a Sixth Ave.. Huntington. Mrs. Snider graduated from Charleston High School and has an A. B. degree in English from Marshall University. She is employed by Security Bank in Huntington. Her husband is a graduate of Bluefield High School and is a senior majoring in marketing at M. U. He is youth director at Central Christian Church in Huntington. By ENgeoia Sheppurd New York will soon be bowled over by the arrival of a fashion model from pJairo- bi, who will appear wearing an elephant fetish jacket and a dozen or so gold band necklaces. She is -10Vz. one foot of which, from her photographs, seems to be a miraculous neck--and her other features are equally perfect. "She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen," says Peter Beard, the writer and photographer who is acting as a kind of godfather and has already arranged for her to work for Wilhelmina. When he first discovered her, Iman was living in the African bush, but recently she has moved to Nairobi, where she now has a home. Since she speaks English fluently and has Italian _ as her second adopted language, she will have no trouble making her way in the fashion world. "She is an apparition. Look at her eyes/ her mouth, even her hair," says Beard. "She represents all the grace and dignity of the old Africa." * * * BEARD GENUINELY loves Africa and for all the right reasons. He went there .. first for a visit in 1955, when there were Mau Mau problems, and met Karen Blixen, known to the literary world as Isak Dinesen, who has greatly influenced his,life. The captions of his latest'book, "Longing for Darkness," come from her writings, and a poem of hers, "Out of Africa," appears on one of the last pages. When he finished school in 1961, he wen.t back to Africa and since then he calls it his home. Not that it's a traditional home. It consists of 10 tents on 50 acres, most of which are wild. "I love the wilderness," he says. "My tents though, are very comfortable. They have ceilings made of palm leaves, but they also have wooden floors, rugs, desks, couches and chairs. I'm actually only 12 miles from Nairobi." Isak Dinesen and her'husband, Baron -Blixen, were his nearest neighbors and they became close friends. After Isak Dinesen's death. Peter inherited her faithful retainer, Kamante, a former Mau Mau.- who virtually runs his African-establishment. Kamante is also responsible for' many of the charming simple paintings that are scattered through Beard's latest- book. The use of Beard's own photographs; script instead of printing, and the words of Isak Dinesen all make the book something of a collector's item. * * * PETER BEARD' has a tremendous liking and respect for all wild animals. "1 have no special favorites. Animals are not really affectionate. People just want them to be. They simply want to exist and not to be loved." Actually, Peter Beard goes on to say, "We're killing wildlife with our kindness. We're imposing our own greedy growth on them. There's no room left; The wildlife societies and many others take a sentimental view of the situation. They would rather see hundreds of animals die of star-' vation than kill an estimated number to keep the rest alive." As far as the wild animals go. he takes a dim view of the future. "In 20 years, it may be next to impossible to populate a xoo. I : m afraid it's already too late to're- pair the damage." Elephants, he believes, are the animals most like man. "On the plus side you can work with elephants and even organi/e them. Their socialstructure is almost human. The bad thing, though., is that they have the same impulse we seem to have- that is. to destroy our. environment." Iman Arriving From Nairobi To Model for Wilhelmina Though he has .made a name in photography; he says. "I don't care about it. It's jncjdentai.JVhat. I_really care about is recording good subject matter." Engagement* Are Announced Darlings, My wigs are like [fantastic haircuts. BEARD HAS already written a book which is favorable to alligators. "They've been put in the category of bad animals, like vultures and sharks." He has a book on elephants ready for publication and is preparing another on hippos. · It's doubtful, though, if those subjects can live up to both the facts and the fantasy in the current "Longing for Darkness," a title that comes from the present mood of the Africans to retreat into their own minds and customs. Besides the first publication of the Dinesen poem, it has the closest shot of a wild lion ever taken by a man on foot. Photographs of the other wild animals and his own pet eland are equally enthralling. Over the past 20 years/ Beard has acquired enough material for an unlimited amount of writing. A dedicated diary keeper, he has 20 paperback copy books bulging with newspaper clippings and photographs, though not many of his own. HARPER'S Mouldings of all styles, raw and finished. Specializing in Needlepoint and Embroideries. Linen and velvet liners and mats. 30 Years Experience 32% C»|itolSt343-28Sl HOUUf 1*4 PICTURE FRAMING Oufk-Xh'Cormu'k Mr. and Mrs.-Walter.R. Clark Jr. of 1031 Aj£oa.Drjre_announcing the engagement of their daughter. Sherri Lynn, to Franklin Wayne McCormirk. son of Mr. and Mrs. Chi'ltie McCorrmck of 1 Arlington Ct. The wedding^ will Jake place on Nov 8 in the South Park Presbyterian Church. Miss Clark and her fiance are graduates of Charleston High School. She is employed by Morris Harvey College and he is serving with the Air Force at Charleston. S.C. Estep-Shumate An early- November wedding is being planned by Miss Vickie^ Lynn Estep, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Estep of Tornado, arid Warren C. Shumate, son of Mrs. Myra Shumate of Beckley and War- jen C. Shumate of Bozpo. Miss Estep is a graduate of St. Albans High School and is a secretary for Mine Speciality Co. of St. Albans. Her fiance graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and from the West Virginia State Police Academy., He is employed by the State Department of Public Safety. Beautiful in "Linda" It's a cut above all others. MOD ACRYLIC -..COUPON FREE VINYL WIG CASE WITH] EACH EVA GABOR WIG NOW THRU AUG. 30th | _; WITH COUPON----- ANNEME'S 4831 HacCORXLE Ml - SO. 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