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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 38-THE LETHBRIOQE March Butterflys on thighs Women revive tattoos" By ANGELA TAYLOR New York Times NEW YORK Remember Lydia, the tattooed lady Groucho Marx used to sing about? Well, tattooed ladies are back But unlike Lydia, who was an encyclopedia of tattoos, young women today are settling for a discreet flower or butterfly on their wrists or thighs or a heart over their own. Flags, dragons, nudes and "Mother" are still the province of the macho male. Although everyone from the early church to present-day health authorities have fulminated against tattooing, the art stays alive. It peaks in times of war, and often goes underground when the law or society crusade against it. It has been generally considered a masculine decoration, but Winston Churchill's "Dear Lady Randolph Churchill, was said to have flaunted a tattooed wristlet in the best Victorian circles. The -earliest tattooes yet found on Egyptian mummies dating from the second millennium B.C. were Sn females. Why should a woman want a decoration that involves some pain, is virtually impossible to remove and is frowned on by most people7 "I think it's very cute and very said Tern Genova, a bank teller. Mrs. Genova was using her lunch hour to have a small butterfly- needled on her thigh. "It was his she explained, introducing her who said he was going to return that evening for his own tattoo. Matching butterflies? Of course not, Genova said, he wanted an eagle on his arm. In the tattoo parlor's outer room, decorated with suggestions for tattoo designs, Lind Kramer, a telephone company clerk, compared tattoos with Donna Simmons, Homely dolls best FLUSHING, Mich. (AP) Mrs Walter Wagner apparently never outgrew her love for dolls. She has more than 800 of them and many, she says, are museum pieces. "The homely dolls are more apt to be collectibles than those with pretty Mrs. Wagner said. Among the dolls in her collection is one which she said dates back to about 500 BC. She said it has been authenticated as an offering at a shrine in Gieece. Mrs. Wagner also has a Chi- nese doll which may be cen- turies old. She said similar dolls were used in ancient times to help a doctor diagnose women's ailments, since examination of the female body was forbidden by law. Then there is an Italian court doll originally used to show what was in vogue with royalty. The doll is clothed in a heavily embroidered costume said to be of 1680 vintage Mrs. Wagner said she bought the doll from a London dealer who told her he was "pledged to secrecy" about its history. She said the doll has an ex- tremely high hairline, typical of the period when a "highbrow" look was in vogue. One dozen dolls are replicas of England's "Notion Nannies" who walked from house to house selling all kinds of sewing, household and beauty accessories. She said the most elaborate doll in her collection is a Queen Anne doll representing Lady Candour from the play. ,A School for Scandal. There are musical and me- chanical dolls which cry. smile, laugh, sing, talk and dance. Limit set SASKATOON