Spectacles: Plastic

Hostess Perle Mesta smiled and smiled. Big names are not exactly a novelty at Washington cocktail parties, but this was something else again. There, large as life among the warm martinis and cold canapes, were not only Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, but Abe and Mary Lincoln—not to mention Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. F.D.R. waved his cigarette holder, Churchill chomped his cigar, and some 1,200 assorted Washingtonians stared at them and chattered at each other to raise money for the American Newspaper Women's Club and to celebrate the opening of the...

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