Business: Rackets and Washtubs

Many a sophisticated Manhattan housewife last week, tardily opening her October bills, blinked as she scanned her laundry statement. Instead of the familiar Croydon Trousseau Laundry, the billhead read: Shields-Wood Service. Proprietors: Francis X. Shields, Sidney B. Wood Jr.

The billhead meant what it said. Francis X. Shields and Sidney B. Wood, the young tennists whose teamwork was the talk of two continents in 1931 when they reached the semi-finals of the U. S. and Wimbledon Doubles Championships, had teamed up again, in the laundry business.

"Contrary to current impression, Sid doesn't spend...

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