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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 118, No. 5 (May, 1931)

Graeve, Oscar
The living Delineator,   pp. [4]-[8] PDF (2.4 MB)

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Esther Lord Batchelder,
the nutrition specialist
Joseph B. Platt, Director
of the Intituto Interiors
Ann Batchelder, a poet in
the fine art of cooking
Helen Ufford, who is the
gracious Hostess Editor
Grace L. Pennock, the
able household engineer
Ph. t  ;'t  r I  s r  te  by  H1al  Ph  f,
C. Eugene Stephenson, the
draughtsman  of Interiors
Millicent M. Jones, assistant
to Mr. Platt in decoration
Gertrude L. Smith, expert
in  household  chemistry
William Wehrenberg, E. E.
and laboratory engineer
E ERY day the same thing happens. Every visitor
to Delineator Institute says the same thing.
'Why. I had no idea." she exclaims, whether she
be fair or dark, young or middle-aged, "of the ex-
tent of your Institute, of the wonderful work it is doing!
Why don't you tell about it in DELINEATOR?"
And all of these remarks, it seems, come back upon my
defenseless head. "Why don*t you tell about it?" I'm
asked in indignant tones by the Institute staff.
Well, I do tell about it. I have told about it. I've
become ecstatic more than once over Ann Batchelder's
superb rolls. I've almost reached the point of tears, la-
menting the departure of one of Mr. Platt's beautiful
interiors, torn down to make way for a new one. In this
very page I've shown photographs of the laundry, the
laboratory, the dining-room, the kitchen, and other rooms
that go to make up our workshop-our complete "home"
right here on the fifteenth floor of the Butterick Building.
Yet they tell me I've failed to give any adequate idea of
the Institute itself.
So this month I'm trying a new scheme. I'm showing
you the human side of Delineator Institute-some of the
actual men and women who plan and build up there on
the fifteenth floor, who spend all day and every day
(except Sunday) in discovering for you, for instance, the
best way of laundering certain fabrics, of getting the best
results from a mechanical refrigerator, of using new food-
stuffs most deliciously or combining old flavors with new
in some irresistibly piquant manner. Of building a
charming sun porch inexpensively or selecting the floor
covering that will most happily combine beauty with
utility. Of selecting a well-balanced meal for the chil-
dren. Of-well, of a thousand-and-one things.
And to go a step further than all this, we've just pub-
lished a little book about Delineator Institute that will
be sent free to every reader who requests a copy. Its
title is: "Mrs. Jones Discovers the Most Interesting
Home in the World." And if you want a copy, all you
have to do is write and ask for it.
T HIS is my day of trial and tribulation. Here's a letter
that greeted me this morning: "Dear Sir: The way
that you attempt to pat yourself on the back for unearth-
ing what you think is a good story almost makes me
laugh. You certainly voiced the opinion of a large num-
ber of readers when you say it is difficult to find a good
story. The great majority of stories published are noth-
ing else than silly, idiotic drivel, not worth reading."
This letter is from A. B. M. of Tacoma, Washington.
Well, well, well! Perversely enough, that letter cheers
me up. With renewed faith I sail ahead to tell you I
think there are some excellent stories in this issue. Two
new writers-new for DELINEATOR-are represented, Olga
Moore and Elizabeth England. And it seems to me E.
Barrington's story, "Adelais the Lovely," glows with all
the color and beauty of a medieval tapestry. Iersonally,
too, I was especially delighted with Helen Spinola's
true story of Hollywood, "That Terrible Talkie Test."
And next month, there'll be a story by Margaret
Craven whose story in February, "The World is Mine,"
made such a hit. Besides, that amazingly good writer, I.
A. R. Wylie, will have a short story-also Anna Brand
and Adela Rogers St. Johns. Particularly to A. B. M.,
I recommend Vera Connolly's article, "Out Where the
Green Begins"-which gives her serio-comic adventures
in buying a house in the country. If that doesn't cheer
up the man from Tacoma I don't know what will.

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