MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Jan. 17, 1949

¶Four hundred men's clothing manufacturers, meeting in Boston, optimistically announced that they would dress U.S. males in gay plumage in 1949. Proposed innovations: nylon socks in rainbow colors, jackets with big patch pockets and matching belts, pastel shirts and two-tone belts with big "bold look" buckles.

¶Union carpenters in Springfield, Mo., offered to cut their own pay from $1.87½ to $1.50 an hour to help lower the high cost of building houses. They hoped other building trades unions would do the same.

¶Mr. & Mrs. Melvin F. Jones of Tampa proudly announced that they had completed a two-story house with...

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