Papers from Above

When I removed one of the ceiling tiles during my current creativity room project, (read the blog post here) a couple of old newspapers came floating down on my head. I put them aside until I was finished with that tile, and then I stopped to take a look at what fell out of ceiling. There were two Milwaukee Journal newspaper sections, very yellowed and brittle with age.  One is the Women’s Pages and Society section from Wednesday, August 31, 1966.  The other is a section featuring US national news from Thursday, September 1, 1966. I was pretty amazed at the historic stuff in these two random sections of an old Milwaukee newspaper:  Apollo 1, Minimum wage, Peace corps funding, mine safety bill, mandatory safety features for cars, and more!

This was all reported in one day!! At the end of August!! by a US Congress!! What a concept. (sigh)
This was all reported in one day!! At the end of August!! by a US Congress!! What a concept. (sigh)

’68 Date for $1.60 Wage Floor Set by Conferees, the wage would be boosted from the current $1.25 to $1.40 an hour on Feb. 1, 1967. Peace Corps Gets OK (to operate for its sixth year at a cost of 110 million dollars). Also Food for Peace program got a 2 year extension, and a compromise health and safety standards bill for mines (other than coal mines) was sent to President Johnson.

1965 in-country identification card
1965 in-country identification card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Testing the cabin section of the Apollo spacecraft began Wednesday in the Cape Kennedy (Fla.) moonport.   The craft will carry three astronauts on a two week mission in December.  The Apollo launch will be the first three man flight.
Testing the cabin section of the Apollo spacecraft began Wednesday in the Cape Kennedy (Fla.) moonport. The craft will carry three astronauts on a two week mission in December. The Apollo launch will be the first three man flight.

Caption:  Testing the cabin section of the Apollo spacecraft began Wednesday in the Cape Kennedy (Fla.) moonport. The craft will carry three astronauts on a two week mission in December. The Apollo launch will be the first three man flight. When I checked to see if the mission mentioned here ever flew, I discovered it did not fly in December of 1966.  The testing continued.  Then there was a tragic fire in January of 1967 that killed three astronauts.  THIS is that cabin.  The photo in this old newspaper from the ceiling is of the Apollo 1 capsule.

Astronauts (left to right) Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, pose in front of Launch Complex 34 which is housing their Saturn 1 launch vehicle. The astronauts died ten days later in a fire on the launch pad. (photo: public domain)
Johnson Appoints Negro
Johnson Appoints Negro

Johnson Appoints Negro (sic):  Charles B. Rangel, a Negro (sic) attorney from New York city (sic), was named by President Johnson Wednesday to be general counsel of a national advisory commission reviewing the efficiency and fairness of the selective service system.

Do you watch the Daily Show? Recognize him?
Nixon Blasts Doubling Size of Vietnam Force. He was former Vice-President Nixon at the time.
Nixon Blasts Doubling Size of Vietnam Force. He was former Vice-President Nixon at the time.

Nixon Blasts Doubling Size of Vietnam Force:  “We must help South Vietnam fight the enemy, not fight the war for them.”

President Nguyen Van Thieu (South Vietnam) and...
President Nguyen Van Thieu (South Vietnam) and President Lyndon B. Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Congress Passes Bill Setting Car Safety Standards for '68
Congress Passes Bill Setting Car Safety Standards for ’68

Congress Passes Bill Setting Car Safety Standards for ’68:  Both houses gave unanimous approval!! Safety features we now take for granted were part of this bill including headrests, tires, seat and shoulder belts, dual braking system, retractable steering wheels, safety doors, safer dashboard design, and increased interior padding. It is pretty amazing to me that there were no federal standards for vehicle safety prior to this bill’s enactment.  The goal then and now for the Federal Motor Vehicle and Safety Standards and Regulations is specified “that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur.” Read the whole document here.  The first standard went into effect on March 1, 1967 with the rest being in effect for new vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1968.

Women's Pages and Society: No Stone Unturned. "It takes an imaginative artist to make the most of a plain, ordinary rock."
Women’s Pages and Society: No Stone Unturned. “It takes an imaginative artist to make the most of a plain, ordinary rock.”

The other section was the Women’s Pages and Society section from Wednesday, August 31, 1966.  The cover page features color photos and describes the work of a local artist.  Maybe her work was the inspiration for the “pet rock” phase that came later?  hah!  I doubt it. Fashion and beauty are clearly the focus of this section, however.

1966 Fashions.
1966 Fashions.

“In this new approach, many designers follow a strictly modern mode, inspired by the space age. They like the angular look and they work it out both in silhouette and geometric patterned fabrics. They favor helmets and boots in the astronaut mood. And, of course, they like short skirts and pant suits.”  (Notice the references to space age, astronauts, and such).

Swirling and spinning into the fashion scene in Paris was this red vermillion wool dress, called a "dervish dress" by its creator, Michael Goma of Jean Pitou. Red ribbed knit leotards and knee high glovelike boots were the accessories for this dress.
Swirling and spinning into the fashion scene in Paris was this red vermillion wool dress, called a “dervish dress” by its creator, Michael Goma of Jean Pitou. Red ribbed knit leotards and knee high glovelike boots were the accessories for this dress.
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin:  Typical of Pierre Cardin’s outer space fashions for fall was this T-shaped tube in a deep red woven wool and acrylic gabardine.  The black ribbed knit sweater worn with it attaches to black lace stockings. Other accessories were a black felt space helmet and square toed shoes.
"Extra young looking" was the tag placed on Yves St. Laurent's collection. In the line was the trouser costume of red, blue and yellow plaid jersey with a matching visor cap, a short, belted wild mink coat, black kid gaucho boots.
“Extra young looking” was the tag placed on Yves St. Laurent’s collection. In the line was the trouser costume of red, blue and yellow plaid jersey with a matching visor cap, a short, belted wild mink coat, black kid gaucho boots.

(I associate Yves St. Laurent with nothing young.  hah!)

Young Fashion Beat Changes Paris Pulse -- better look at the Yves St. Laurent outift, too.
Young Fashion Beat Changes Paris Pulse — better look at the Yves St. Laurent outift, too.
Astro Cut, Comet Curl: Curves are dressed into the hair to give a flowing movement of line and to emphasize a curvy silhouette of the head. Curves are also cut into the hair, particularly for the knacky new bangs, called orbit bangs or the new guiche curls, called comet tails. For added excitement satellite hairpieces are used for special occasions.
Astro Cut, Comet Curl: Curves are dressed into the hair to give a flowing movement of line and to emphasize a curvy silhouette of the head. Curves are also cut into the hair, particularly for the knacky new bangs, called orbit bangs or the new guiche curls, called comet tails. For added excitement satellite hairpieces are used for special occasions.

(Again, notice the references to space — astro, comet, orbit, satellite though my personal favorite is the phrase “knacky new bangs”).

Cats can't resist sitting on newspapers.
Cats can’t resist sitting on newspapers, new or old.
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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

2 thoughts on “Papers from Above”

    1. I did read most of it. I wondered if it might have been stashed up there for some special reason, but it would have been a pretty run-of-the-mill date at the time. 60’s fashions: Agreed! Been there, done that.

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