The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on October 30, 1974 · 33
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 33

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Wednesday, October 30, 1974
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LIVING Boston Evening Globe Wednesday, October 30, 1874 S3 AT LARGE MIKE BARNICLE Martinis at Tiffany . NEW YORK The ad appeared 11 days ago on Page 3 of the New York Times. It filled the upper right hand corner in the slot that Tiffany & Co. usually uses to tell us about $900 watches and other little baubles and frills that only Nel- The nostalgic Ellis Antiques Show IS INFLATION THE REAL PROBLEM? It not MlHon It limply Ihtlntvitabli, ftftal raault of ourfolllat. What, thin nth t rul cauatt of thia national ctlamityf HERE THEY AREl LSpartdingaxorbitantaumtoftaxpayar't . asneyunwlatlybyourgovarnmtnt 2. Inhibiting tht Iniftativu of tht ptopl with fniatnting bureaucratic regulation. 5. Taxingaavinga and capital formation to death. 4. Gowmmant programs which hava ertatad rttfca) ahortagaa of eseantiel matariali ndantrgy. . e.Grvfngiwaybljliontofdotlart It fortign govtmmaota. 6. WttBng untold monty en foraign wart. 7. Ttnkaringwlththtteofwmicmacrilrtery WRh unaound panactaa. 8. FertaMng our rtfigloutfitritagt, MtmVtotxirachoolt.buttvarywhtra; Viua, accentuating crime, Immorality, rttd and aalfiahnaaa. Tifmy&Co. FIFTH AVCNUC TTH TRatfT NCWVOM son Rockefeller or people whom he loans money to can afford. The ad was titled: "Is Inflation the Real Problem?" , The second line of copy stated that, "No, it is not. Inflation is" simply . the inevitable final result of our follies. What, then are the real causes of this . national . calamity?" After that thrust at our curiosity, the ad lays out eight solid gold statements of fact, according to Tiffany's and its chairman of the board, Walter Hoving, the man who dreamed up the idea and wrote the copy. "There's so much confusion about inflation and the economy," Wal ter Hoving said. "About the whole subject. And apparently it's pretty high up in government too." The ad which first appeared in the Times has just started to run in the Wall Street Journal and in local papers in cities where Tiffany's has outlet stores. "We've had several hundred letters about it," Hoving aid. "And all but five or six have been pro. . . . People think that it's just great. We've had bank presidents tell us that they're going to put it in their monthly statements. And I didn't think that many people would even notice it." Terrific! Rule 1, according to Tiffany's and Hoving, is that we have the "Spending of exorbitant sums of taxpayer's money unwisely by our government." Simple enough. Right? "There's just so many ways this is done," Walter Hoving says in a voice full of money. "All of the bureaus down there in Washington ... so many of them obsolete. All of this really started in New Deal days and ' lot of those programs have , to be carefully pruned, if not out out entirely." Rule 2: "Inhibiting the initiatives of the people with frustrating bureaucratic regulations." "Look at that whole pension thing the Congress just passed," Hoving said. "It's a lot of silly nonsense. It's created a whole new bureaucracy. It's a wonder we don't have a paper shortage." So much for pensions. "How old are you, Mr. Hoving?" he was asked. "I'm 76 years old," he said proudly." And I own too much stock in this damn company for them to fire me," ht chuckled. "Before I joined Tiffany's 20 years ago I headed Bonwit Teller's and Lord and Taylor's before that and Montgomery Ward's before that." There has never been a bread line at any of these places. Rule 3 concerned the unfair overtaxation of people who own stock and bonds and Rule 4 talked about "government programs which have created critical shortages of essential materials and energy." ' "Why, they pass laws that won't allow gas companies to charge more than a certain amount for gas. And there's always this threat of putting a bigger tax on the oil companies. How can you expect business to operate like this. It's awful." It certainly is Mr. Hoving. Rule 5 says that inflation comes from "giving away billions of dollars to foreign governments" and Rule 6 fays that we've "wasted untold money on foreign wars." "All the wars have been expensive," Hoving says. "And the worst part about it is you've got to take care of the veterans afterwards." Rule 7 says that too many people are fooling around with the subject of economics and Rule 8 decries the fact that we've forsaken "our religious heritage" and that this has resulted in "accentuating crime, immorality, greed and selfishness." On Monday, Tiffany & Co., advertised a four-piece bar accessory kit featuring a Double-Old Fashioned mixer at $79, an Oil Can vermouth dispenser at $31, a two-ounce jigger at $27.50 and a whisk swizzle stick at $34. Singlehandedly, Tiffany's drove the price of a martini straight up to $171.50 before a drop of gin was poured. Yesterday they told us about earrings that cost $465 a pair before taxes. But all of this, understand, isn't inflationary or immoral or greedy or selfish.. It's just business. And anyone with any brains knows that Mr. Walter Hoving, the Chairman of the Board of -Tiffany & Co., has raised an interesting issue when he asks the question, "Is Inflation the Real Problem?" And when you read his ad, you know that the answer is No. FAMILY CIRCUS mm 10-3O lM.Tlile adTHtwitlyMiMit , , . . w-f x awaaMtaatMMaaawlwiiwaaaaMaMtMiil jiiji ,MJ wewxSjSSysyyfey wSi:rsS' " jfOlla" ' -;..T ' '"l S't1 , 4 J ' v ;v- a - '- ' ' 6lZJ Rare auto weathervane displayed at Ellis Antiques Show by Mott and Co. of New York is valued at $16,000. " 'J'''' '" jlp''1 ' fcilta-la. Mtktmik'' aaateaaaaaaaMI i II i aMMiMM''''"-J,'t'iii',:T'T'V''' t uraaaamtaaaaa-T A benefit with flavor Carved wooden store figures from Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, at entrance to Ellis Memorial Antiques Show. (Thomas E. Landers photos) By Alison Arnold Globe Staff An Early American setting gives a bicentennial flavor to the 15th annual Ellis Memorial Antiques Show at Horticultural Hall But its big appeal to Bostonians is the fact that it benefits the Ellis Memorial Settlement House, which is now in its 90th year and one of Boston's favorite charities. . The show opens today and continues through Sunday. The $25-a-ticket preview party yesterday from 4 to 8 p.m. was as usual an important social event, complete with the traditional oyster bar and Ruby Newman's music. Trays of sliced roast beef and ham and tempting hors d'oeuvres were carried about by pretty girls wearing Colonial costumes with frilled white caps and aprons. Mrs.v Harris Fahnestock, chairman of the preview, explained that the costumes came from Pier 4. "Anthony has closets full of them in all sizes," she said. Greeting arrivals in the lobby were Mrs. James F. Hunnewell and Mrs. Paul A. Schmid, co-chairmen of the show. Special guests were 80 members from the Decorative Arts Committee of the St. Louis Art Museum, who were most enthusiastic. One of the group, Mrs. Warren Smith, said: "This is by far the best show on the East Coast even better than New York's." And Mrs. Warren Shapleigh agreed. Today they will visit Newport before returning to St. Louis. Mrs. George A. Parson, an honorary chairman of the show, was at the preview party. A former resident of Louis-burg. Square, she now divides her time between Brooklin, Maine, and Pinehurst, N.C., and is the owner of many fine antiques. Miss Ellen Stillman, chairman of the Ladies Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, admired a Canton cider jug priced at $800. Perry Rathbone, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts, was surrounded by an admiring group of women, among them Mrs. Joseph W. Lund, Mrs. Sumner Pingree and the G. Glenn Potters came from Hamilton and Mrs. Sew-all Fessenden came in from Sherborn. William C. Loring, president of the board of directors of Ellis Memorial, was there, and among others doing their (bit for Ellis were Mrs. Richard E. Danielson, Mrs. George Sargent, Mrs. Samuel S. Drury, Mrs Ducey Ryerson, Mrs. Lewis Clark, Mrs. Richard Thompson, Mrs. Edwin G. Fischer, Mrs. Frank G. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Loring, Mrs. Francis de Marneffe and Mrs. Melvin Field. By George Michael ' " Nostalgia is the key, and nostalgia it is. This is the inflation-proof currency of the antiques world and it was more than evident at the preview of the 15th annual Ellis Memorial Antiques Show yesterday at Horticultural Hall in Boston. Appealing to both young and old, the artifacts in the well-stocked booths remind one of the grandeur of the early American home, contrasted with grandmother's parlor out in the country. This benefit show is for everyone, and the prices will fit most pocketbooks. There are trinkets ranging from $5 rings to highboys worth thousands of dollars. All will be on exhibit through Sunday to carry one back to the days of earlier generations. At the entrance is a gaggle of rare carved wooden store figures, exhibited by Heritage Plantation of Sandwich. Though not for sale, they represent the annual display which is brought there by a local museum or restoration. The figures were designed to indicate the type of goods sold, for the benefit of those who could not read, and they were plentiful years ago. Jane Wilson of Old Saybrook, Conn., showed a framed document signed by Gov. Wentworth of New Hampshire on March 17, 1772, asking that the bearer be allowed passage Into Fort William and Mary in Newcastle. This was about a year and a half before colonists there broke into the fort and stole the powder, shot and cannon which were used in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Avis and Rockwell Gardner of Stamford, Conn., were quite proud of a miniature painting of George Washington done by the American artist, Thomas Sully, on porcelain; priced at $2600. Jack Partridge of North Edg-comb, Maine, caught our eye with an elegant Sheraton tilt-top game table in mahogany with figured birch veneer beautifully reeded legs at $1650 we rate this one a very good buy for its quality. There were English antiques there, too, exhibited by English Manor of Prides Crossing. Goodies included a mahogany sternboard taken from a royal yacht bearing the royal coat of arms, with designs of the Order of the Garter they had waited for 15 years to buy this piece and it is here in Boston, now at $4000. Not everything is priced up out of reach for most. The best part of such an interesting show, is that all can learn much about antiques and heritage, and at the same time seek out those pieces which are decorative and will complement a home, no matter how modest. There were copper and brass warming pans, copper food molds, many inexpensive prints and pictures; several fine oils were seen at under $200; much good pattern glass was evident at going prices found at most shops and shows. Items for Christmas giving might include a curly walnut English cigar case at $75; a beautiful 16-inch blown blue glass milk pan from Ohio, a conversation centerpiece at $150; or an early 18th Century English tall clock in immaculate condition for only $2000. We saw an automobile weathervane as high as $16,000 and a pattern glass goblet at $7.50. There are lots of fine items in between. For the antiques beginner there are gallery walks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., 90 minutes before the show considered by many to be the outstanding show on the East Coast opens to the public. Eighty women from the Decorative Arts Committee of the St. Louis Museum traveled to Boston to see it so should you, if nostalgia and collecting are your bag. George Michael xvrites "Antiques cV 'Americana," a column in Tht Sunday Globe Living Pages. No health threat in tuna, Consumer's Union says "Mommy! Jeffy's not in his bed!" By Gail Perrin Globe Staff No, don't throw out your canned tu-nafish! It's perfectly safe and nutritious despite last week's report that some sampled cans contained rodent hairs, feathers, moth scales and insect and maggot parts. Enoch Waters, press officer for the Food and Drug Administration, said yesterday the FDA has asked Consumer's Union for their studies reported in the November Consumer Reports Magazine so that they can be reviewed by FDA specialists. Should the FDA find the CU study accurate, Waters said, "we might send out an alert to our food inspectors. But when you consider the magnitude of the problem (food safety inspection), other things have a higher priority ones that might pose a health hazard. Like botulism and salmonella." CU's office in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., has been swamped with calls from concerned citizens who read or heard incomplete reports of the tuna findings. "What failed to come out in most stories," said Pamela Richard, assistant to CU's director of communications, "was that while they (the samples) may have been contaminated, there is no health danger. We didn't advise people not to eat tuna. As a matter of fact, we liked it and found it a pretty good buy." The magazine reported that of the 16 distributors of tuna whose brands were tested, 13 "were represented by at least one filthy sample out of those examined, for filth." And, said Mrs. Richard, the three packers who came away "clean" Grand Union, Geisha and Empress may have done so "just out of luck." FDA's Waters said that if there is contamination, it will likely be traced to improper transportation and-or storage. And while these tuna "may not be desirable aesthetically," he emphasized, "there is no health hazard involved. And," he added, ."there is absolutely no reason to . throw any cans away." Despite CU's unpleasant findings and a comment that "we think the tuna industry badly needs a cleanup," it went on to praise canned tuna's good nutritional value. "In the kingdom of foods," CU said, "canned tuna is thought to be a bargain source of protein." But, like everything else, CU said it's hard to keep up with spiraling prices. "As CU's shoppers checked tuna prices over the months and across the country," it said, "they found the prices churning upward so unevenly that no advice on prices would be valid for more than a week." For instance, in New York City during Xugust, solid white tuna ranged from 60 to 80 cents for 7-ounce cans; chunk light from 55 to 69 centi for j 6 -ounce cans. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics I reported that in June the national aver , age price for a e-ounce can of tuna was j 58.2 cents. i "That figures out to be $6.29 per ? I pound of protein," CU reported, "less ; than the average for bologna-($9.73), ; , frankfurters ($7.61), or pork chops ( (8.17), but more than the price per pound of protein of 95-cent-a-pound-i hamburger ($5.30)." -

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