Parties To Honor Children
Some 2,500 employees’ children through 14 years of age
will be honored guests at the annual Company Christmas
parties on Saturday morning, December 14.
The traditional celebration for Firestone Textiles chil
dren will be staged in three performances—two at the Webb
Theatre downtown, and one at the Palace (Negro) Theatre
on North York street.
Show times at the Webb are 9 and 11 a.m.; at the Palace,
At all three programs the children will have an ex
clusive visit with Santa Claus. While the famed Visitor is
on his way to Gastonia from the North Country, the young
sters will be treated to a period of entertainment made up
of selected short movie cartoons.
History was made at the Fire
stone plant in Pottstown, Pa.,
when the 50 millionth tire rolled
from the production lines this
On the day following this pro
duction milestone an editorial in
the Pottstown Mercury pointed
out that after only 11 years the
plant had become the largest
industry in that community of
almost 35,000 population.
Following are some of the
comments of the editorial;
In 1946 when Firestone came
to Pottstown, there were 400 em
ployees on the payroll. Today
there are 2700 turning out tires
and plastics. Eleven years ago,
the payroll was $30,000 a month;
today it is well over a million.
Firestone has given steady
employment, good pay and fine
working conditions to thousands
of persons. This fine industry is
definitely a community asset, for
it not only contributes to busi
ness life, but its management
has been active in civic and
humanitarian affairs. Its officers
have taken a leading role in
church and school work, have
lent their talents to making
Pottstown a better community.
Firestone is a magic name
here. At the time of its mile
stone it would be well if all
Pottstown doffed its hat to a
HONORED _ W a r e-
house Manager Fred
Morrow (left), presents
a $25 Savings Bond to
Luther Thompson, as the
truck driver of the past
year. Also honored ware
Henry Gordon (center),
who received a check for
$10; and Findley Wil
liams, whose perform
ance was recognized with
a $5 check. Looking on;
Safety Director Alvin
Riley, and at extreme
right, John Hendricks,
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Fork Truck Operators Earn Safety Awards
Three Warehouse fork-lift
truck operators received special
recognition in mid-November for
their outstanding safety practice
and performance on the job dur
ing the past fiscal year.
Luther Thompson was award
ed a $25 Savings Bond; Henry
Gordon, a check for $10; Findley
Williams, a check for $5.
Salk polio vaccine has been so
effective that in recent months
only 63 paralytic cases have de
veloped out of 28 million persons
Enhance Your Gifts With Clever Wrappings
Dress up those Christmas presents and make
them more exciting and expressive of the spirit
in which you give them. You can, if you wrap
your gifts with care and ingenuity.
There are almost unlimited possibilities to the
devices you can use. In gift v/rapping, under
standing the fundamentals is most important.
Marcia Simpson, one of the country’s foremost
authorities on the subject, says gift wrapping
begins inside the box. Treat every gift as preci
ous and fragile. Wrap each one in fine white
tissue—wads of cotton, if the gift is small—and
you’ll add a touch of elegance.
Selecting wrapping paper is quite important.
For little packages, a small overall pattern is
usually best. Mistletoe, holly, angel figures and
many other small patterns are available.
For containers large enough to hold appliances,
sizeable toys, or a large piece of clothing, choose
a paper with one large dominant center design.
NOW, let’s begin. With your gift encased in
tissue and your wrapping paper at hand, proceed
with these steps;
1. Lay gift-wrapping paper face down on clean,
flat surface. Place box upside down on paper. Try
to position box on paper so design will show to
best advantage when wrapping is completed.
2. Cut paper so it is wide enough to go around
box and overlap two or three inches. Paper
should be cut to extend slightly more than one-
half depth of box at both ends.
3. Fold paper up and around, overlap and seal
With decorative gummed sticker or cellophane
4. Fold top ends down tightly (see illustration),
and make diagonal creases at sides and then fold
sides in. Seal with decorative gummed sticker or
cellophane tape. Repeat at other end of package.
Now comes the tying of package with ribbons
and attaching decorative bows. One basic method
of ribbon-tying will allow a number of variations,
by placing ribbon off-center in any direction.
PUT your imagination to work to select size,
type and texture of ribbon that seems most ap
propriate. Four steps in tying:
1. Hold ribbon on top of package, allowing
short end to extend about six inches beyond
2. Bring ribbon around length of package. Then
9t starting point, cross ribbon and bring around
Width of box and back to starting point. Do not
allow ribbon to twist on bottom of package.
3. Cut off ribbon, leaving four or five inches at
end. This end is next brought over and under
4. Pull tightly and tie knot. There are many
fancy bows you can create. Especially popular
Daisy Bows: As illustrated, form ribbon in any
number of loops of any length. Tie in center with
another piece of ribbon and attach to package.
Rosettes: Form ribbon in loops, measuring with
forefinger (illustration). Tie same as daisy bow.
If curling ribbon is used, curl ends by drawing
ribbon between thumb and dull edge of table
knife. To make double rosettes, tie smaller rosette
on top of larger one.
CARE for even more distinctiveness and crea
tive touches in your package wrapping?
From paper cut decorative figures of Christmas
motif. Use Christmas ornaments, flowers, glitter
or other inexpensive items to add glamor. Tiny
ornaments and bells tied to the ends of streamers
will tinkle as the gift is opened. Brush the sticky
side of cellophane tape with glitter and tape
around your package. Dye cotton swabs gay
colors and make designs or spell out a name, at
taching with cellophane tape. These are but a
few of the ideas you can use.
When the recognition program
was begun a year ago, Alonzo
Setzer was chosen as the out
standing fork-lift truck driver.
At this year’s presentation.
Safety Director Alvin Riley
commended the drivers for a
“growing awareness of safety on
the job,” and Warehouse Man
ager Fred Morrow praised the
men “for the fine improvement
in operation practices.”
For the awards, the operators
honored are selected on the basis
of each man’s safety perform
ance on the job. Among points
taken into consideration are;
Observation and practice of all
safety rules, alertness, main
tenance of vehicle assigned to
the driver, and pride on the
appearance of the driver’s own
All during the year fork truck
drivers are under constant ob
servation while on the job, and
A Safety Risk
Every year as winter weather
sets in, there is a mounting list
of accidents caused by the un
vented gas space heater. These
tragedies are usually the result
of carelessness and lack of in
formation concerning the nature
of gas as a heating fuel.
There is something you can do
to safeguard yourself and mem
bers of your family from the
menace of the unvented heater.
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December is Off-the-Job Safe
ty Month at Firestone Textiles.
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If, through circumstances, the
unvented heater can’t be re
placed with vented equipment,
keep in mind always these basic
rules, suggested by the Gastonia
Locate heaters so they will be
out of the way of foot traffic and
away from drapes, chairs, couch
es and other combustible materi
Do not use vented heaters in a
Stay a safe distance from
operation records are maintain
ed on each individual. To de
termine those who receive the
awards, records of the drivers
are carefully reviewed, with the
three top scorers being designat
ed for the honors.
Sgt. Bobby Rape of Clarks
ville, Tenn., and Mrs. Rape spent
a recent two-week period with
his parents, Carl Rape, second
hand in Carding, and Mrs. Rape,
inspector in Quality Control.
Daniel Smith, son of Dallas H.
Smith, Carding, is serving
aboard the USS Orleck in San
Francisco Bay. Young Smith,
formerly employed in Carding
here, expects to have a leave at
home soon, before going on a
Those wishing to correspond
with him may write: Daniel H.
Smith, FA, USS Orleck (DD886);
FPO, San Francisco, Calif.
space heaters while you are
dressing, to prevent catching
your clothing on fire.
USE metal connectors to at
tach heaters to gas outlets. If
possible, fasten the heater to the
floor so it cannot move around.
Movement tends to break the
connection on even a metal tube
Especially watch small chil
dren around the open flame of a
space heater. Curiosity can
easily cause them to push com
bustible material through the
grille, or stand close enough to
ignite their clothing.
Do not allow the flame to
burn higher than necessary to
keep you warm. The larger the
flame, the more oxygen it con
sumes in the room.
Be sure to keep the room well
ventilated. Have at least one
window open a few inches top
and bottom while the heater is
in use. This will replace the
oxygen consumed by the flame
and allow poisonous fumes to
On The Cover For December.
When you have finished the wrapping, attach
the gift card.
If you take time and care to add sparkle and
individuality to your gifts, it will be clear on
Christmas day that you have been especially
thoughtful of the persons who receive them.
James Barnette, artist of the
E. J. Presser Company of Char
lotte, has combined two pictures
by Plant Photographer Charles
Clark with a quotation from the
prophet Isaiah, to express the
spirit of the Season of Hope and
Color process plates were
made by Charlotte Engraving
Company, the printing done by
Dowd Press, Charlotte, publish
ers of Firestone News.
The photographs were made
in West Avenue Presbyterian
Church, Firestone Village. Susan
Crisp and Coy Brewer, Jr., are
arranging the creche. Susan’s
father, Scott M. Crisp, is a doffer
in Cotton Twisting. Coy Brewer
is an inspector in Quality Con
The Bethlehem Manger and
art window reproduction of
“Gethsemane” at West Avenue
Church span the distance be
tween the opening and closing
scenes of the earthly ministry of
Jesus. Isaiah 9:6, the cover quo
tation, is one of Scripture’s most
majestic expressions concerning
the mission of Christ to earth
and His influence upon human