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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16A THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tunday, Dtctmbtr 24, 1974 Gifts were cheaper at turn of century By HERB SANDS Copley News Service Today's kids don't know what they're missing. They're brought up in a Christmas at- mosphere of shopping crowds, willing but harassed store help, budget problems, dwindling selections, traffic problems on the street, park- ing problems on the lot. Once upon a time, however, it was possible to shop by spreading the latest mail order catalogue on the dining room table, studying the pic- tures, the descriptions, and the prices, and sending in the order. Those wondrous good old LA BOUTIQUE it COIEMAN md BELLEVUE. ALBERTA i Extends to all its Friends and Patrons HEARTY WISHES and A MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR Prop.: EDITH HODNA "Where Hair Styles are our Specialty" A MERRY CHRISTMAS And A PROSPEROUS HAPPY NEW YEAR To ALL From OTTO and OLGA KRUG and STAFF COLEMAN ESSO SERVICE ATLAS TIRES, BATTERIES and PRODUCTS OPEN DAILY 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone 563-3828 AL, SOPHIE and SOPHIE VET'S INSURANCE and REAL ESTATE Wish Everyone in the Crowsntst PIN A Very Merry Christmas ind i Happy New Year! INSURANCE ALL CLASSES REAL ESTATE PROPERTY SALES and RENTALS TRAVEL SERVICE LAND SEA and AIR Phone 563-3882 COLEMAN, ALBERTA BRAZZONI'S BETTER FOODS Wish all their friends and customers in the Crowsnest Pass Heartiest Wishes for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 564-4637 BELLEVUE, ALTA. Merry Christmas And A HAPPY NEW YEAR To All Our Friends and Customers JIM and LAI MAH and Family "WE SERVE BETTER MEALS" JIM'S BELLEVUE CAFE PHONE 564-4666 BELLEVUE SEASON'S GREETINGS To All Our Friends and Patrons We're Hoping You Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A GOOD NEW YEAR! Jack's Plumbing Gasfitting PHONE 564-4434 BELLEVUE, ALTA. Dvilen for: ENTERPRISE RANGES and SPEED QUEEN LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT SEASON'S GREETINGS "May the 'nfinite b'essings o! ttvs Joyous Season abide with you and your may 1975 be full of Peace and Prosperity" BEST WISHES FOR MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR WALLY and ELDA at BELLEVUE HARDWARE PHONE 564-4669 BELLEVUE, ALTA. SEASON'S GREETINGS "May the Infinite blessings of this Joyous Season abide with you and your may 1975 be full of Peace and Prosperity BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR "BOB" and "EVA" BLACKLOCK and STAFF THE BELLEVUE INN FULLY LICENSED BELLEVUE, ALBERTA days some people do call them that may be recalled by a perusal of the 1897 Sears, Roebuck Co. catalogue. Chelsea House Publishers reprinted the edition in full several years ago, and thereby made a bundle as well as delighting thousands of nostalgia-minded Americans. For instance, a few shopp- ing hints jotted down via a casual thumbing of the catalogue's nearly 800 pages: For the smoker? Old Virginia Cheroots, which "will stand the were for a box of 250, or for four boxes, a comforting reserve of cheroots. For the more earthy types, Bull Durham tobacco was 45 cents a pound, in a cloth bag. Tobacco chewers had their choice of Battle Ax Plug, Sure Pop, Out of Sight, Boot Jack and Big Chunk. Which immediately suggests another practical gift- a Japanned cuspidor, "secured to a mat, cannot be tipped over." That was 24 cents; for the budget shopper, there was a plain, ordinary spittoon for only 16 cents; Japanned, assorted colors. Diamonds were a girl's best triend in 1897, too, and Sears was proud: "On Diamonds we have absolutely no com- petition. No concern has ever offered diamonds at anywhere near our prices. Our diamonds are pure white, clean and well cut." And you could get a carat engagement ring for or go to a full carat for Bargain hunting? A quarter carat was available at Sears for Beautifully mounted. For the discerning gentleman, the Sears selec- tion was wide. Possibly (1) a "fine solid gold, fancy chased Toothpick and Ear Spoon, (2) a "grosgrained black silk watch fob, with finely rolled gold plate moun- ting, and charm with entaglio setting, 85 or (3) reversible four-m-hand ties, "made from Pure China silk, alike on both sides and rever- sible The patterns are all new and very nobby. Price 23 cents each, six for The grocery department is a big one in the 1897 catalogue, and there is much catering to the sweet tooth. Like maybe a wooden pail containing 30 pounds of fancy mixed candy for only 95' Or fancy chocolate creams at 14 cents a pound, in five-pound boxes' Or Imperial Bon Bons at 55 cents for a five-pound box' Who needs the Book-of-the- Month Club when Sears book department has Horatio Alger's works at 55 cents a volume, Elsie Dinsmore at 35 cents, and a whole set of James Ferumore Cooper for Secrets Sharing secrets with wise older brothers is part of the fun preparing for Christmas. Above, Kevin Knox listens as his sister Kelly tells a tale about Santa, and rein- deer, and Christmas trees and everything nice now clothing the 'Pass in Yule spirit. Photographer Vern Decoux captured this festive moment on film. It is the Season of Giving We offer our Best Wishes to Everyone! MANAGEMENT and STAFF BLAIRMORE Merry Christmas and a JOYOUS NEW YEAR To All Our Friends! BRAZZONi'S SUNDRIES PATENT MEDICINES GIFTS. COSMETICS, R.C.A. TV and STEREO BELLEVUE, ALBERTA Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to All Our Friends and Patrons! "May the coming of Christmas reveal again the true Spiritual Importance of the Blessed BLAIRMORE RADIO and TV For Silas and Service Phom 562-2567 Prop. LOUIS ZAK BLAIRMORE JOY TO ALL May the memories of times gone past brighten your spirit and fill your Christmas with Joy Happy New Year Hugo and Audree Civilarese Hugo's Barber Shop Bellevue This Cheery wish for Christmas joy, although it's repeated yearly, is just as warm as it can be and meant, oh so sincerely. HAPPY FANTIN'S CHAPELS LTD. Prop., ERNEST FANTIN BLAIRMORE ALBERTA GREETINGS This Christmas, let the rays of Love, peace and understanding enter our hearts and shine there always Our best wishes for a happy, heal- thy and prosperous New Year. Rudy and Staff at THE PASS DAIRY BELLEVUE. ALBERTA A Merry Christmas To All Our Friends In The South! ALLIED DISTRIBUTORS LTD. Manager, JOHN CHOMYN BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA PHONE 562-2075 and loved ones, is our wish at this time and also that each and everyone enjoys a ijmkXKKNl That you may have a funfilled HAPPY NEW YEAR' 5 MAyQR I COUNCILLORS fi HOWARD BENNETT GODFREY HUNGAR I LOUIS OLINEK f KEITH LEWIS ASSISTANT SECRETARY 1 PEGGY DESAUNOY i Office Staff and Town Crew I VILLAGE OF BELLEVUE, ALBERTA I MERRY CHRISTMAS and BEST of the NEW YEAR to all from... TAD KAWASAKI and STAFF at TAD'S ELECTRIC LTD. BLAiRMORE.ALBFJUA WE HANDLE ALL RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL ind COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS. Plum 562-8133 BLAIRMORE 627-3443 PINCHER CREEK BELLEVUE SERVICE Extend a Hearty "SEASON'S GREETINGS" to all our friends and customers and best wishes for a prosperous healthy New Year from STEW, BERYL and STAFF WE HANDLE ALL GULF PRODUCTS BELLEVUF.ALBERTA Happy Holidays We've but one wish for this Christ- it be better than any you've ever had before. CROWSNEST PASS THEATRES AND DOBEK BROS. STORE Prop. JOHN and JOE DOBEK BLAIRMORE By MEG FLETCHER Copley Newt Service You feel depressed. And it can happen even if your mailbox is overflowing like your wassail bowl and your Christmas table resembles Bob Cratchit's. The reasons for feeling low around the holidays are almost as many as the cures persons have devised to tran- sform their "blue" Christ- mases into celebrations which are meaningful to them. The Christmas blues, like the baby blues new mothers feel, are not as long-lived or debilitating as depression, ac- cording to Dr. Alex Spadoni, a psychiatrist. Depending on the in- dividual, the symptoms could be anxiety, pessimism, guilt, insomnia, exhaustion, display of emotional extremes and feelings of not measuring up. "Christmas is a family holiday. Families that are split or- disorganized, or peo- ple who are alone, feel according to Lawrence Egel, a psy- chologist. "Older people feel it most because the elderly are the most alone and isolated of all age groups. They are also the most acutely aware of what Christmas was like when they were Spadoni said. Christmastime is usually the happiest time of the year for most people. But it can be marked by great emotional stress and sometimes by violence. During a fit of depression just before Christ- mas in 1888, the artist Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. People gathering and gift giving can also result in inten- sified conflicts, the reawaken' ing of sibling rivalries and competition for parental favor. "Christmas is a very good mental health producer in one sense: Family disputes usual- ly get settled because everybody says, 'Gee, I don't want to be miserable and un- happy Egel said. But burying the hatchet while the halls are decked with holly is a frustrating and futile effort for some families. Sometimes it is better if they don't even get together. One Christmas reunion was "an important factor" in a young couple separating the following spring, Spadoni said. While they were visiting the wife's parents, the older couple's underlying hostility towards their independent son-in-law bubbled to the sur- face. There are also dangers in glossing over reality for a facade of Christmas cheer. Youth would see through it and the hypocrisy would just increase their resentment, ac- cording to Paul Mestancik, a psychological counsellor. If the reality of a person's situation cannot match the over-idealized image of what they should be doing Christ- mas Day, he could be happier with an alternative form of celebration, like spending the day outside. One California woman got up at 4 a.m. Christmas Day and drove to Tahoe with her immediate family. Instead of missing scattered relatives, they romped in the snow with their dog and rode the chair lifts. Their "non-Christmas Christmas" was judged a great success, although her son broke his leg skiing. There is often a time lag before the symptoms of Christmas blues show up. The annual peak for women admitted to hospitals for "an exhaustion syndrome" occurs in January and February. They are the women who feel spent after trying to meet high, often self-imposed stan- dards of celebration and feel they have nothing to look forward to after the new year begins. "People have to realize that they do not have to go so far out for their relatives and according to Dr. Robert Friedman, a clinical psychologist. "What is impor- tant is personal contact." Although December and January do not rank high as suicide months, suicides peak sharply just after Christmas Day and New Year's, ac- cording to Dr. Robert Litman, co-director of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center. But less drastic means of escape are more popular. "Unfortunately, the closest some people get to the Christ- mas spirit is the distilled type they get from a Spadoni said. Season's Greetings One of the greatest pleasures of this happy season is the opportunity if offers to turn aside the workaday cares of business and pause to remember our many friends and customers, to be grateful for your confidence and co-operation OUR SINCEREST BEST WISHES FOR A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS FRANCIS JEWELLERY LTD. GIFTS FOR EVERY OCCASIONl Phone 562-2565 BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA PHONE 562-2324 SEASON'S GREETINGS And Our Sincerest Wish for a Happy Prosperous New Year from KAY, WRAY, STEVE and "THE PEPSI GANG" at PASS BEVERAGES PEPSI-CANADA DRY-7 UP BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA Marry Christinas and Happy New Year! SIMPSONS-SEARS LTD. MAIL ORDER OFFICE BLAIRMORE DIAL 582-2821 Manager, VIOLET MANIQUET BRIAN and MYRNA BRIM AGENCIES INSURANCE REAL ESTATE BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA Extend warm Seasons Greeting to all their friends in the Pass and to all best wishes for a prosper- ous New Year. PEACEFUL AS A snowy landscape, lively as a playful fawn is the Christmas we wish for you. We are ever grateful to you for your thoughtful consideration and gracious patronage! FILIMEK BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD. SMUS tor all your STUCCO, MYWALL. RENOVATIONS a NEW HOME. BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA May this Christmas find you sur- rounded by those you love, en- joying to the fullest all the plea- sures of a joyous holiday season. BILL, LIL and DOREEN at 9111 nfnllw IMMHlfflnNi BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA ;