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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, March 8, 1974 -The Herald v Thousands of beads hand sewn to bodice Family 19th century gown recreated for ranchers9 ball Battling Barbara acquires great political stature By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer Wearing ten pounds of petticoats, a pair of ruffled pantaloons, a gathered overskirt and catrying a j parasol requires a certain grace of movement. It also means you can't run too far or fast, according to Bev Blenner-Hassett of 923 9th St. S., creator and wearer of the gown. The street dress, which is typical of those worn around 1867, was made to be worn to an international antique car meeting. It gained the interest and admiration of LONDON (CP) Battling Barbara Castle, as she likes to be known, has already been well seasoned as a cabinet minister as she takes up her new appointment as social services secretary. A blunt-spoken product of Britain's industrial North Country, Yorkshire-born Mrs.- Castle, married to a former journalist on The Daily Mirror, was successively minister for overseas development, transport minister and employment secretary in Harold Wilson's 1964-70 government. Now 62 but still retaining the flaming red hair which PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. makes her stand out in a crowd, Barbara Castle had her share of rough rides in the previous Wilson cabinet. As the first woman to be appointed transport chief in 1965, she became the bogey of thousands of motorists when she introduced the breath analysis test to cut drunken driving. As secretary for employment and productivity in the years 1968-70, she encountered bitter opposition from the trade unions for her proposals to bring Britain's powerful organized labor under a measure of legal forerunner of the Conservatives' controversial Industrial Relations Act. The proposals, entitled In Place of Strife, eventually had to be ditched by the Wilson government in the face of union intransigence. Oxford-educated Mrs. Castle, who has no children, was a journalist before she got into politics in the Labor landslide of 1945. CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S 13th St. and 6th Ave. N. FRIDAY. MARCH 8th 8 o'clock 4th and 8th in 7 5 CARDS FOR OR 25e EACH BLACKOUT JACKPOT IN 52 NUMBERS LUCKY NAME DRAW WORTH LUCKY NUMBER DRAW WORTH WEEKLY DRAW .WORTH 3 FREE GAMES DOOR PRIZE Parsons Under 16 Yeara Not Allowed Sponsored by ST. BASIL'S MEN'S CLUB Bev Blenner-Hassett models her 1867 gown Paul Van Cleve of Lethbridge, who saw a formal portrait of Mrs. Blenner-Hassett in the gown. His request to have a similar dress made for his mother, Mrs. Paul Ledyard Van Cleve III of Big Timber Ranch, near Missoula, Mon., sent Mrs. Blenner-Hassett into a flurry of activity. It was to be worn to an upcoming ranchers' ball Just two months away. There was a pattern to be remodeled, resketched, drafted to size and pinned together. There was material to be found, and material not to be found. And there was lots-of handwork to come. In addition, the gown was to be a surprise, to be presented just days before the ball. "I wanted a certain type of velvet for the dress, which is a style worn at the turn of the said Mrs. Blenner- Hassett. "The taffeta I needed to make the layers of underskirt rustle was nowhere to be found, so I had to use a combination of synthetic blends. The worst thing was sewing on the beads." The bodice of evening dress has a delicate design in dark beads to match the emerald green of the gown. Mrs.- Blenner-Hassett individually applied and hand-sewed the tiny beads to the material. "If I had known how many beads there were; I'd have never started sewing. It wasn't patience that kept me going it was she said. The hem of the dress con- Tombs found PRAGUE (AP) More than 100 tombs dating from the 9th and 10th centuries have been uncovered on the grounds of Prague castle, according to the Archeological Institute. Many of the tombs contained gold and silver gifts. sists of a row of tiny pleats which Mrs. Blenner-Hassett hemmed and attached by hand as well. The underbustle was also a time-consuming job as many small velvet bows were similarly attached. "The stitching could have been done on the machine, but the gown wouldn't have looked original or authentic without the Mrs. Blenner- Hassett said. To complete the lady-like looks of the gown, an ostrich feather headpiece and fan were added. In all, the creation took many late nights and to complete. Mrs. Blenner-Hassett's .interest in the past extends beyond recreating period gowns to include ref inishing of antique furniture, collecting antiques and attempts at operating a second-hand store. Her husband shares her interest in collecting which began with the acquisition of one coal oil lamp and a hand- crank gramaphone. Mrs. Blenner-Hassett says the next step was to purchase another lamp, and then another'and soon they were collecting all types of antiques for the shop and at home use. Refinished furniture takes up much of the Blenner- Hassett's time, with most of the completed products being taken to auction sales. Mrs. Blenner-Hassett said she also does research on antiques which interest her and she keeps an updated file on her findings and pieces. Women long way from equal jobs EDMONTON (CP) A social planning organization task force on women in the labor force says Alberta's working women have a long way to go to reach equality -with male workers. The Edmonton Social Planning Council and Options for Women Task Force said in a report this week the concept that "women have come a long way in entering a wide range of occupations is a myth perpetrated by business." The report says women are a cheap source of labor and are given non-decision-making roles. It says 97 per cent of jobs paying less than a year are filled by women, and only one per cent of jobs paying a year are filled by women. "We found that in job areas where pay is low there is a large number of female single sex occupations (such as typists) but as the salaries increase the number of female single sex occupations says the report. "Females are often paid less than males even when doing the same work. For example the median salary for male cooks is a month and for females." The study recommends the Alberta Human Rights Commission be removed from the department of labor and be made accountable directly to cabinet, that the commission investigate occupations employing large numbers of women, government purchasing be limited to non-discriminating companies, and government incentives be provided to industry to "initiate affirmative programs." RMINMENT EXPERIENCES EXPERIENCE CALGARY'S SECOND ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, FEATURING THESE AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL GROUPS: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Theatre Calgary Southern Alberta Opera Association Eric Freidenberg One-Third-Ninth Festival Chorus Rennaissance Singers Calgary Dance Theatre Junior League Children's Theatre Children's Film Festival Ethnic Dance Festival Anton Kuerti Nicholas Kynaston Les Grands Ballet Canadiens Pleiades Theatre Calgary Chamber Orchestra Theatre Calgary Youtheatre Pocket Lane Playhouse Creative Puppeteers Association Alberta Theatre Projects Drama Workshops Plus many exciting art exhibitions including: Eskimo Exhibition at the Glenbow. Early Western Canadian Art at the Allied Arts Center. University Permanent Collection at the Unversity Theatre, Selections from the Alberta Art Foundation at the Jubilee Auditorium, the Duckworth Ceramic and Lachaise Collections at the Alberta College of Art. Contemporary Calgary Artists' Exhibition at the Planetarium, and various exhibitions at galleries throughout the city. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE-EVERYLW TICKETS For all events, at a variety of prices available now at: The Bay Ticket Wicket Downtown Phone 262-7761 The Bay Ticket Wicket Market Mall Phone 262-0345 (local 748) Chinook-Ridge Ticketorium Phone 252-2861 Romper Room's Betty