Modern Living: More Power to the Candle

The powers of candlelight have long been part of Everywoman's arsenal. Beauty or not, she always looks loveliest in the warm glow thrown off by wax tapers gleaming over a banquet table or on a banquette in a quiet bistro. Largely because of this candelabracadabra, candles continued to sell at a respectable pace long after the rural-electrification program brought light bulbs into the most remote corners of the U.S. In recent months, however, Americans have gone on a candle-buying spree, spurred on by necessity, a changing national mood and by new candle shops stocked with imaginatively shaped and scented products.

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