Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 9, 1988
TREADWELL – Donna Briggs will soon spend a day searching through thousands of antique clothes to find the best outfits for a new movie which will star actor Paul Newman.
Some of her biggest customers are costumers. Briggs received a call Monday from a movie costumer in New York City asking for as many clothes and accessories as she has from the 1950s.
The vintage clothes are candidates to be worn by Newman and his supporting cast in the upcoming movie, which is about to go into production.
Because the movie will be filmed in the South and include a picnic scene, Briggs will be looking for shorts, shirts, skirts and sunglasses and other casual attire from the '50s. The request from the costumer is not unusual; Briggs does a booming business from her Treadwell home and has seen her clothes in other movies, including “The Color Purple.”
Her clothing collection began as a hobby 10 years ago. She started the collection after going to auctions with her husband, who was interested in furniture.
Six years ago she opened a shop in Oneonta and three others in Delaware County.
Now she provides clothes that can be seen in movies produced by Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and others.
She isn’t in the business to make money; she does it for fun.
50 years ago
Dec. 9, 1963
Employees of The Star and radio station WDOS were guests Saturday night at the 18th annual anniversary party given by the corporation at Oneonta Elks Club.
The event was marked by the presentation of longevity tie clasps or bracelets to those who had long been employed by the firms. Presentations were made by James H. Ottaway, president of The Star and WDOS and other Ottaway Enterprises newspapers and radio stations.
John Hartshorne, a printer, with 45 years of service, was the oldest in point of service of those honored. Louis Young, with 40 years, was unable to be present because of illness in his family.
Also honored in absentia were Glenn Shultis, a printer with 10 years of service; and Donald Scudder, a printer, with five years of service.
Also receiving pins were Glen Harper, Delhi Bureau chief, 10 years; Robert Peebles, composing room, 15 years; Mrs. Helen Nichols, business office, 15 years; Alfred Eldred, circulation department, 20 years; Cora Scudder, business office, 10 years; Ben Turnbull, WDOS station manager, 10 years, and Roger Rhinehart, commercial printing, 10 years.
Other recipients of longevity tie clasps included Bradford Mason, 30 years in advertising, and Charles Hubbard, recently retired after 35 years in composing room. Those who received emblems marking five years of service included Charles G. Nichols, circulation manager, and John Sobers, circulation department.