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all over the fronts of coats, on the
sides p,nd backs were much in favor,
the much-buttoned uniforms of to
day beins vestiges of the earlv coats,
"The reason for. buttons on the
right side of men's coats seems sim
ple enough. This arrangement per
mitted the -wearer in the early days
to thrust his fighting arm into his
jacket in order to keep it -warm. If
the buttons were on the left side he
couldn't do it.
"The buttons on women's coats
were originally placed on the left side
so the wearer could manipulate them'
with her right hand, leaving her left
arm free to carry her baby. That s
the explanation authorities agree on
and it ought to be as good as any
"If men will notice the buttons on
their coat cuffs the chances are
they'll find imitation button holes at
the sides of the butons. This is a
remnant of a seventeenth century
custom. The buttons nowadays are
of no use. But in the old days they
were for a purpose.
"In the early days of fancy clothes
the men spent so much on their coats
that they had to find a scheme to
save the cuffs from wearing out. The
tailors of those days devised the but
ton and button hole on the coat
j sleeves. The stylish men could but
I ton the cuffs back out of harm's way
and thus save wear and tear on gar
" ment and pocketbook.
"The primitive hat was simply a
circular piece of leather with a la,cing
j , threaded through it and tied at the
j back to fit the crown of the head. In
' the modern hat we find the little bow
of silk ribbon and in some hats the
P ribbon is threaded through the lin
ing. The modern trifle is of no use
whatsoever, merely .a vestige or trace
of the old days when men had to fit
their hats to their heads with the
o o "
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Dec. 14, 1699. St Cosme's explor
ing:;p&rty'lefGaj!e St-&sitoine;: J -
MODELS WILL SING TO SHOW
STYLES AT FASHION SHOW
The-next fashion show will be a
song show, too.
Miss Falkenberg is preparing a
chorus of 50 models for the spring
exposition of the Designers' Associa
tion of Women's Clothes at Chicago.
Besides exhibiting gowns the girls
will translate the impressions they
give into music rag time for sport
SHE KNEW ALL RIGHT
Little John came down to break
fast with a tireilook in his eyes.
"Oh, mother," sighed the kid, "I
had such a terrible dream last night!
I dreamed Lwas having a fight with
a great big bear bigger'n this house,
and he tore me almost to little bits.
Does a horrid dream like that mean
"It does, my son," returned moth- '
er in a voice of ominous calm as she
reached for her slipper. "It means
that I know what became of that
mince pie I couldn't find last night."
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