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171120 November 20, 2017


Vintage Fragrant Holiday Memories
by Tommy Towery
LHS '64

   Sue was looking at one of the rare holiday catalogs we get this time of year and she came upon the page above which I am sharing with you. She knew we had been doing memories of old perfumes and other smelly stuff and she thought I would find this one interesting, especially since it advertises the products you girls might find more familiar. The catalog is from if you are interested.

    The first ad which caught my eye was the one stating "Promise her anything, but give her Arpege." I remember those TV commercials still. It is advertised as a soft, sultry scent featuring notes of Bergamot, rose, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood, and debuted in 1927. 

    Beside it is featured Yardley English Toiletries - as timeless as a woman's beauty. I remember this became popular with the British Invasion, when people bought anything sounding British.

    It takes 10,600 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen May roses to make a single ounce of what was once known as "the costliest perfume in the world." Joy was created by French perfumer Jean Patou to lift the spirits of his clientele during the Great Depression. I don't remember this one.

    Like the Goddess of Love, Aphrodisia Lives Up to its Tagline, "For the Night-Blooming You."

    Next we have the original scent of Jungle Gardenia, as fresh as a garden in full bloom, which was launched in 1932.

    I personally was never turned on by White Shoulders Cologne because it was what my mother wore, and therefore did not in the least seem romantic to me.

    Next is another one I do not remember, Classic Blue Grass - fresh florals and balsam, but the last bottle next to it had a jingle which planted itself in your brain and asks "Has Wind Song Stayed on Your Mind?" Well, at least the jingle did.

    So, how about it girls? Do any of these bring back any memories?

        Memphis, TN -  Came down this weekend with my second cold of the season which is rare. I had a severe runny noise and about the time it quit, then fever set in. I guess I am making up for last year when I did not have even one. Couldn't come at a much more inconvenient time, since both of Sue's girls' families are planning to spend Thanksgiving with us next year.

    Hense, this will be a shorter issue than I first had planned.

5-Day Deodorant Pads

Deodorant Pads
by Tommy Towery
LHS '64

    I had several replies to my question about the deodorant pads product, which may have been accurate, but the one I was really looking for was the "Five-Day Deodorant Pads." Above is a commercial from 1965 for them. 

    Here's another deodorant commercial I know would never be shown today, but I think it is very interesting.


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Susan Hightower, LHS '68

(Editor's Note:    While I try to give special attention to the deaths of members of the Classes of '64, '65, and'66 - I am sometimes notified of the passing of others with whom we walked the halls at Lee. Jerry (no last name attached) sent me the following information.)

        Susan Hightower Jones, 67, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday from brain cancer.  Mrs. Jones was born in Valdosta, GA, grew up on Monte Sano Mountain and graduated from Lee High School.  She attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.  She proudly supported many departments at the Huntsville International Airport for the last 20 years of her career as Administrative Assistant.

            Survivors include her husband, Samuel Jones; son, Eric Edward Key (Paedia Mixon) of Atlanta, GA; stepdaughters, Angela Cardone (Toby) of Phoenix, AZ and Christy Fiorello (Chris) of Huntsville; brother, Scott Hightower of Ellijay, GA; sister, Penny Hightower McLean (Jim) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; grandchildren, Henry Key, Aiden Fiorello, Riley Fiorello, Cade Cardone, and Liam Cardone.  She was predeceased by her father, Lonnie Hightower and mother, Jerri Hightower.

            A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Please check back for more information.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006, or by calling (800) 99-CANCER or donating online at

Subject:    Rub on Deodorant

Beth Weinbaum

    I believe that the deodorant in question from the last newsletter was Arrid. While some people applied it with their fingertips, I am sure others used cotton-like pads as you suggested. I remember that the fragrance was not appealing, and many better-smelling sprays and roll-ons were marketed later. I checked and it is still manufactured by Church & Dwight who acquired it from Carter Products in 2001.

Subject:    Deodorant

Dennis Tribble

    I think the name was DEGREE.

Subject:    Right Guard
Joel Weinbaum
LHS '64

    Interesting statement by the older lady in the Right Guard commercial…”have to keep in step!” Do you think that is a reference to a marching band concept of togetherness or maybe more militaristic, including the name…”Right Guard.” Maybe its all about football and a marching band. I played right guard in Peewee football to the age of 13.



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