This Christmas Unk Ile announced he was going to sell the Maybelline Company

December 25, 1964, Saturday. My Fair Lady opens today

Was too tired to get up with the kids. Slept until 2:00. I got a white leather coat lined in black fur, with a hood, which I didn’t like, so I’m taking it back. Also got my wine and pink colored capri outfit I wanted and I love it! Mom and Dad loved the things I gave them. They were so sweet. Unk Ile, Jean and Al and their kids, my cousin John Huber from Chicago, plus the whole family came over. It was a big night!  But, it didn’t seem like Christmas to me. I’m sad I’m not a little kid anymore and no longer believe in Santa Claus. I just hate to get presents for some reason, but, I’ve discovered after working so hard, that I love to give them to others. I got $10.00 from Unk Ile and $35.00 cash from Mary and Granddaddy. I was very sad to see Mary in Mayme’s place with Granddaddy.

 

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Unk Ile, was my dad’s uncle and Godfather.  He was also the founder and owner of the Maybelline Company.  He came to our house every year for Christmas and gave us kids a crispy $10.00 bill in a card.  We all looked forward to this because in 1964,  $10;00 could buy about $70.00 worth of things at today’s value.

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The eyes open in this card when you pulled a tab, showing the thick black Maybelline mascara.  It was signed Lots of love from Unk Ile.

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My dad in front of the Christmas Tree, he decorated every year.  We all dressed up for Christmas when Unk Ile was coming over.

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Though he is laughing with Nana, Unk Ile was very sad this Christmas, because his lifetime partner, Emery Shaver had died a couple months before.  It was after Emery’s death that Unk Ile, decided to sell the Maybelline Company and began to look for a buyer.  It would take three years, to find the perfect buyer and finally sold to Plough Inc. December 1967.

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Tom Lyle Williams, on the left with Emery Shaver, at the Villa Valentino, in the Hollywood Hills during the 1940’s.  They had been together for nearly 50 years at Emery’s unexpected death…Emery was only 61 years of age.  

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Learned the true meaning of Christmas by caring about others more than myself

December 24, 1964, Thursday. (It was one year ago that Howard called me and we got back together.)

This was the worst day of work. We were just flooded! I was on my feet for 9 hours without sitting. I finished my Christmas shopping. Got Mom two blouses, a skirt, capris, perfumed hangers, and a bra. And, for Daddy, brown pants, shirt, sweater, socks and a tiny Crown tie clasp. Out of everything I love the Crown the best, because he is like a King! After work I bought Nana a long white sweater coat. Granddaddy a vest and Mary a red sweater. Everyone came over for Christmas Eve and we opened presents. Then we went to the Candlelight Service at Mr. Hoag’s Church in Westwood. (The Congregational Church.) I cried so much, because it was just the same as when Mayme was there. (My grandmother, who died last year,) even the same people. We came home and I wrapped presents with Mommy until 5:00 in the morning. It was so tough assembling toys for Billee and Preston. The living room was a fantasy to behold in the candlelight. Gifts filled the chairs, couch and fireplace hearth and the smell of homemade cookies and peppermint created an atmosphere I’ll never forget it.   saffrons rule Christmas eve 2 Looking like the Munster’s on Christmas Eve, here is a picture from left to right, of Billee, Preston, Mary, (Step-Grandmother,) me, my dad and Nana. The Christmas Stockings are hung on the Mantel, waiting for Santa Claus to fill them when he comes tonight.

  saffrons rule Christmas eveLooking like Dracula with a Pinocchio nose here, I wrapped presents with my Mom, until the Sun came up.  My Dad assembled the toys and went to bed, but my Mom and I stayed up to create a Wonderland for everyone.

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Sometimes my Dad can be so unkind to my Mother, It makes me sad.

December 23, 1964, Wednesday

Worked all day, it’s really getting tough these last days of Christmas. Everybody’s doing there last minute shopping and we’re just going crazy with wrapping. I got off for a break and Mom picked me up. She was very upset with Daddy. He’s giving her a lot of trouble about spending too much money. Now she’s taking back everything she got for herself. She went home crying and I took the car back to work. I picked up a few things for her. I wish I could buy her the best of everything and Daddy too! I’m going to do my best for Christmas. I love them so much!!

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My mother, five years later, in 1970.  I miss both my parents everyday and only wish I could have appreciated all they did for me all my life.  

 

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I’m going to Santa Monica City College after graduation and Major in Drama

December 22, 1964, Tuesday Was 45 minutes late for work. Mom and Dad came by and we went out to lunch. Mom picked me up at about 7:00 and we just came home. I cut my hair again, because there were scissors there and I can’t control myself if I see scissors. I hope I didn’t ruin it. I cut about 6 inches off the crown and sides. I can’t wait to see it tomorrow. There are only two more days of work, than Christmas! I get paid January 7th, after Christmas. But now is when I need it. I have so much to do for school, when I go back. Only 6 more months left of this school year, then I’ll be done!!  Done with High School at last!! I don’t see how anybody could like school. I bet I’ll never use half of the stuff I learned there.

Saffrons Rule cut hair  I ruined my hair so many times because I can’t keep my hands off scissors, especially trying to get it even and having to keep cutting it until eventually I have to have it professionally styled. saffrons rule graduation girl   I’m counting the days until I graduate, Summer of 1965.  All I care about is Drama and will go to Santa Monica City College for two years and Major in Drama while I go to auditions and do local live Theater.

. saffrons rule Thespian I have been accepted and will be a member of the International Thespian Society after Graduation! (The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high-school and middle-school theatre students)

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A Polaroid Camera cost $116.00 in 1964, or about $800.00 in today’s money.

 

December 21, 1964, Monday

Worked all day long. My feet are just killing me. I haven’t started Christmas shopping. After work I took Janice home, then went shopping. We’re getting Daddy a Polaroid Camera, it cost $116. I’m paying for $50.00 of it maybe, or I will just by them both clothes.

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A $116.00 Polaroid Camera in today’s money would be about $800.00…  So, for me to pay for half of it was a lot of money, I earned doing two part time jobs… standing on my feet till I was in pain… But I wanted this to be a Christmas my parents would remember.

 

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Can’t wait until Christmas is over, so I can be done working two jobs

 

December 20, 1964, Sunday

I was just too tired to go to work at Jack’s Ranch Market and bag groceries this morning. My sister Donna took my place. I stayed home all day, didn’t even get dressed, just watched TV and ate. I’m getting fat again, going on a diet to lose 5 lbs by Christmas. I don’t know why? I haven’t got anyone to look good for anyway. I sure wish someone good would ask me out, like Byron, but that’s out of the question I guess. All the kids got to Mammoth by 1:00 today. They’re going to have a ball. I should have gone, DARN!

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Well all the energy I put into looking for guys, I’m now putting into two jobs, so I can give my family Christmas presents with my own money.  It’s the first time I’ve ever worked and my feet are killing me.  Once Christmas is over I will be done working, but until then, I’m working 9 – 5.

Dolly Parton – Nine to Five

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I’m determined to work until it kills me, so I can make this a special Christmas for my parents.

 

December 19, 1964, Saturday

Well, my last year of High School and I didn’t go to the Snow Ball. Nobody to ask either. I’m so sad. I worked at Charleston’s Dress Store all day, then came home and watched TV. All my friends are leaving for the mountains tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. There won’t be anybody to hang out with… but, I’ll be working until Christmas anyway. Pearl, Sandy, Diane, Edna, Linda, Angie and Bonnie are all going. I’m working to buy Mom and Dad Christmas presents.

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I’m sad I don’t have a boyfriend to ask to the Snow Ball, but I seem to be in a real productive work mode right now.  I’m determined to work so I can buy extra nice Christmas presents for m parents with my own money, (for the first time in my life,)… so I can make it a fun Christmas for them the way they always make it so magical for us kids.  As far as the Mountain trip is concerned, I hate going to the Mountains and would rather work than risk getting sick up there.


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