SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1980



15-Horse

The above engraving represents our 15-Horse

Hi to everyone in the Iron-Men Album Family--publishing a bimonthly magazine is something I never seem to get used to when it comes to deadlines--as tonight I am finishing off the Jan.-Feb. issue and it is Halloween and as I fill in the last of the column--there have been all kinds of goblins, witches, supermen, ghosts, animals and you name it-- ringing the doorbell and we are happy to present them with a Treat so that we do not get any Tricks -- at our new address and could I just reminisce a few thoughts to you, as I look back over the years.

We never bought Halloween costumes, I always made them and believe me I am not really good at sewing, usually have to follow a pattern to the letter, but somehow I did manage to get the idea across. Over thirty years ago it began when our first born wanted a rabbit suit for his first Big Night--so I made it and at that time, masks were limited as to selection so I made the face mask also--the suit was white and the mask was one you put over your head and I copied (I'm fair at drawing) the face of a bunny from a box of cereal, and gave the bunny long pink ears, and gloves to cover the hands, and so it went in the following years--a pig, a horse, an elephant, a zebra (created a face for that one as I bought a tiger mask, painted the yellow stripes white and stapled a paper cup on the nose to make a long nose-like head and long ears, and of course, the suit was black and white stripes--that came out much better than expected.

Then one year it was just an upside down man--try that sometime--it's clever--the trousers go on your head with your arms extended into the legs, or else sticks that you hold. You put the sweatshirt on up over your feet and pin a mask on the sweatshirt neck, down between your legs--make it two masks, one on each side--it's cute.

Then there was a duck, a Chinese lady, a Fairy princess, a cowboy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, an Indian dress, and Indian suit (which probably was the best one) as I drew Indian masks on one arm, a Thunderbird on the front of the suit and a mountain goat on the back and fish on the other sleeve, then sewed all colors of rick-rack on the items I had drawn.

Then there was a Santa Claus suit and an Uncle Sam and a Colonial outfit for a man, even made the white wigs such as they wore with cotton sewed into a ladies stocking to fit over the head. Then there was the beautiful red satin outfit trimmed in black and white that was made for one of the P.T.A. plays I was in and it has come in quite handy for such parties. It has the split skirt up to the knee, a huge hat, pouch bag such as they carried and a parasol to match (covered an old umbrella) black mesh stockings--it's a beauty.

I guess the worst outfit I made was a Christmas tree--out of green plastic bags and sewed to look like branches and put on ornaments-- and at the bottom was red brick paper--the idea was there, but it was really goofy and good for a laugh. Most of the costumes have been well used with our five children--and the grandchildren are using some of them. A lot of them have been worn out, but we still find room in our new address to keep a few.