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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 09, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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cause they can do the work cheaper
than anybody else on earth, they had
no difficulty in plucking this fat busi
ness from the envious American toy
They overcame the world-wide
shortage of coal tar dyes by resort
ing to vegetable dye of their own
manufacture and they even adopted
the German system of "farming" out
the toys among hundreds of families,
in piece work style.
The cheapness of making toys by
this system permits the Japanese to
make and sell all varieties of toys in
this country at a big pront in spite of
a 10 per cent duty.
But you wouldn't know the toys
had been made in Japan instead of
Germany unless you looked at the
label. There's nothing "Japanese"
about them.
Military toys predominate, perfect
little models of machine guns and of
big howitzers. Toy warships this
year are all painted regular "battle
ship gray;" even the airships and
imitation war automobiles are paint
ed the 'same color.
The Japs are awfully clever as
wood carvers and they have had no
trouble turning out all sorts of wood
en toys this year that are, if any
thing, even better than the German
product of former years.
And the dolls! They don't wear
funny looking kimonos, not a bit of
it They are all decked out, both
boy and girl dolls, in snappy "Amer
ican style clothes." The Japs call it
"High Collar" style.
The Japs are always affable with
the result that wherever possible they
have stuck an American flag on the
toys that they are shipping to this
They have even carried this form
of flattery still further and on the
bottom of boxes that contain a toy
set of ships of the TJ. S. navy they
have printed "Unsinkable." But then
as an afterthought perhaps, they
poke a httle fun at Uncle Sam by
adding the line "Made of Wood."
By Betty Brown
The very Small Person of 2 or 3
or so has not been overlooked by the
clever people who design smart
What could be smarter than this
little dress of rose colored chambrey
made with a white waist. The waist
is buttoned to the skirt and the wide
belt hides the buttons. The cuffs and
the collar are of rose chambrey and
the smocking is in rose color. Of
course, brown or dark blue would
be a more practical color, ,but if you
want the SmalTPerson to look sweet
and pretty then rose is the color to
Tis better to be disappointed in
iove than in "marriage.
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