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Deck the Tree with Mazda Lights

louvisThe Summit Herald of December 21, 1923 reported that the Police Department was investigating weekend break-ins and theft of money at the Public Library, the Junior High, and Roosevelt School. The Streets Department announced they would be widening Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard, as well as installing new street signs and traffic lights around the city.

In the personal news column: Health Officer Henry Dengler returned from a duck-hunting trip in the South. Six-year-old Thomas Malloy was operated on for appendicitis at Overlook Hospital. Miss Dorothy Beck went to spend the holidays in Florida with her father; Miss Elsie Harper departed for her home in Canada, to enjoy six weeks of winter sports.

In the classifieds: Wanted, a woman to cook for a few hours or all day on Christmas. Lost, a blue-beaded purse. For sale, live chickens and geese, a gray enameled crib with a hair mattress, an aquarium with fancy goldfish. The “Heraldings for Housewives” column offered several Christmas recipes: chestnut pudding, plain plum pudding, and Christmas cakes with currants and almonds. The Lyric Theatre (“New Jersey’s Safest Playhouse!”) was showing Mary Pickford in “Daddy Long Legs”.

“Sally Summit Goes A-Shopping” suggested a wide variety of last-minute gifts that could be purchased in town. Christmas tree light sets, with eight Mazda lamps in attractive colors, $1.65 per set. Skates, Flexible Flyers, and Lionel electric trains at Wahl’s sporting goods. Leather gloves in fashionable shades for $1.00. Boxes of cigars or cigarettes for the man “who enjoys the company of Lady Nicotine”. A selection of electrical appliances at the Central Jersey Power and Light store. Sally also gave some fashion tips for clothing and accessories. Silk and velvet corsages were popular for evening gowns. Velvet and felt hats were being replaced by taffeta and silk, and a metal cloche turban with a little veil over the eyes looked very fetching on a pretty “flapper”.

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