One of the bonuses of the holiday season is the ever-changing, ever-improved collection of sports apparel and equipment that comes to market in time for Christmas giving. This year, when colored ski pants are livening up the slopes, there are new colored skis to match, either rainbow-hued or patterned. One California company has a kit for applying any fabric you fancy to your old black skis. In the year when Jack Fleck won the U.S. Open and the gallery's heart, the Bull's Eye putter, which he used, has become the most sought-after new putter in the pro shops. Macy's is bringing a sporting air indoors: they've not only employed a taxidermist and will supply you with ready-to-buy animal-skin rugs, but they've also designed a cotton rug shaped like a baseball, labeled "Dodgers" or "Yankees" or "Giants." The selection of gifts is as varied as sport itself: pink-and-blue bar bells for girls; natural-vision underwater goggles for skin-divers; an aluminum sled that's shaped like a flying saucer; ancient games from Italy; a new boat from Germany. You'll find all of these, and many more, on the following pages.
This is an article from the Dec. 5, 1955 issue
Most of the new sports gifts on the following four pages are available in fine sporting goods and department stores in all parts of the United States. Where a particular item is not available nationally, a store where it may be purchased is mentioned. Descriptions of the gifts on the opposite page correspond to the numbers in the chart at right: 1) JAGUAR RUG in natural animal shape, which measures 5 feet by 3 feet ($300, Macy's, New York). 2) Pow-R-Mite aluminum CROSS BOW and arrows ($24.95). 3) Sportcraft Tulatex ARCHERY TARGET ($6.50). 4) Red poplin SKI PARKA, shirt style ($9.95, Sporthaus, Westwood Village, Calif.). 5) Red DEERSTALKER CAP ($6.50, Thomas Begg, New York). 6) Semi-stiff black velvet BEAGLE CAP ($7.95). 7) Aqua-Glide Fabricoat Kit, for laminating patterned fabrics on skis ($7.95). 8) Healthways GLAMOURBELLS with variable weights, for women ($8.95). 9) BULL'S EYE PUTTER by John Reuter Jr. ($13.50). 10) Henry Cotton leather and nylon GOLF GLOVE ($4). 11) GOLF SWING WONDER for practicing rhythmic swing ($2.98). 12) Robert Bruce Norwegian SKI SWEATER, designed by Paul Mage ($10). 13) HORSE COLLAR MIRROR ($45, H. Kauffman & Sons, New York). 14) Leather CIGARETTE BOX with yachting code flags on top ($17.50). 15) Columbia RECORD ALBUM. The Greatest Moments in Sports ($5.95). 16) Sealskin ESKIMO PARKA for skiers ($150 plus tax, André Ski Shop, New York). 17) Saddle-shape BLANKET CARRIER ($9.98 without blanket). 18) Sportcraft aluminum BADMINTON SET ($28). 19) Museum-piece LIGHTER with hand-carved, colored game birds in the base ($28.50, Abercrombie & Fitch, New York). 20) U.S. Diver's AQUAR MASK with Dr. Ivanoff lenses that bring underwater scenery to true values and proportions ($45). 21) N'Icer ICE BUCKET in wicker carrier ($15.95). 22) ELECTRIC SOCKS to keep feet warm; battery carrier is to be worn on belt ($17.95). 23) Swedish hand-knit no-shed ANGORA SWEATER for women ($79.95). 24) Pink SUEDE BOOTS by Gustave ($6). 25) Europecraft pin-striped nylastic SKI PANTS for women, stretch to any length ($50). 26) Eskimo MUKLUK BOOTS, for after-ski ($35, André Ski Shop). If you can't locate these gifts in your local store, write us and we will tell you where you can buy them.
FOR SKATERS AND SKIERS
Reading clockwise from the upper left: Cortina's new FIBER-GLAS SKI POLES ($14.95); imported Seppl SKI SWEATER ($22.50); reversible wool jersey SKATING SEPARATES (leotard, $17.95, skirt, $16.95, vest, $16.95, hood, $5.95, at Saks Fifth Avenue stores); aluminum SNOW COASTER ($4.95); hand-crocheted bulky MAN'S SWEATER ($65, Gourielli Men's Shop, New York); men's wool gabardine SKI KNICKERS ($26.50) and untreated-wool SKI SOCKS ($10.50); fleece-lined leather ONE-FINGER MITTS ($8.50); made-to-measure elastique SKI COVERALL for women ($79.50) and double parka of red-and-white striped nylon ($29.50, both, Andre Ski Shop, New York); crazy-leg KNEE SOCKS ($1.95); Europecraft's corduroy KNICKERS for women ($17.95) and Tyrolean washable CALFSKIN JACKET ($50); blue CORTINA SKI with Fiberglas thread reinforcement ($79.95); coral HART SKI of metal and plastic ($85); snow-bunny SKI HELMET ($6.95, William J, New York).
FOR LOVERS OF GAMES
Reading down, in rows, after starting at the upper left, are: junior FENCING SET ($9); table TETHER-BALL SET ($9); child collector's BUTTERFLY KIT ($7.50) cotton Shag BASEBALL RUG, 3 feet in diameter with choice of New York team names—Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, also Little League ($11.98, Macy's, New York); Sportcraft OLYMPIC RINGS ($2.80); Sportcraft aluminum SHUFFLEBOARD SET with unbreakable plastic discs ($18.50); junior Italian BOCCIE SET ($8); Voit KICKOFF SET with football and rubber tee ($4.95); Sportcraft LAZY BASEBALL, attached to elastic cord, and child-size bat ($4); BACKYARD BASKETBALL SET with all-weather plastic-covered backboard and adjustable bracket ($24.95); and LITTLE KID BASKETBALL, molded of rubber and fabric on small scale for youngsters ($7.95); imported Italian TAMBURELLI SET with ball and plastic shuttlecock ($9.60); MAHJONG SET with oversize pink tiles and leatherette case ($54.50, Macy's, New York).
FOR GOLFERS AND OUTDOORSMEN
Left to right, in rows, starting at top: 9 o'clock PUTTING GAME ($6); new Izod LACOSTE SHIRTS, ladies' in cotton ($8) and long-sleeve version in wool for men ($12.50); Daks slim-cut tropical worsted SLACKS ($29.50); David Church ALPACA CARDIGAN ($37.50); lightweight GOLF SHOE with plastic spikes ($30.95, Foot-Joy shoe shops); Bag-Shag BALL RETRIEVER ($15); Sayers of Scotland Roll-In PUTTER ($16); electric PUTTER RETURN ($9.95); Nadco GOLF CLUBS with heads of PowRlon ($28); Healthways score CADDY COUNTER wristwatch ($5).
Below: ladies' leather SHOOTING JACKET ($100); down-filled reversible JACKET ($47.50) and MATCHING VEST ($21.95); portable DUCK BLIND ($10.95); water-purifying Katadyn PUMP ($25); Italian-made Cosmi SHOTGUN, ($1,000, Abercrombie & Fitch); SCUBA MASK ($5); Prepo CAMPING STOVE ($8.95); SIESTA FLAG ($5); TROLLMETER to measure fish line ($6.95); 100-fathom WATCH ($54.95); DEPTH GAUGE and COMPASS ($18.95); Voit SWIM FINS ($10.95); Healthways one-man RUBBER BOAT ($89.50) and accordion AIR PUMP ($6.45).
SPORTING BOOKS TO GIVE
TIPS FROM THE TOP
Edited by Herbert Warren Wind. Prentice-Hall. $2.95. SI's illustrated golf articles by 27 of the nation's leading golfers.
HENRY'S WONDERFUL MODEL T
By Floyd Clymer. McGraw-Hill. $5.95. A collection of photos, cartoons, songs and text about the great Tin Lizzy.
An SI invention, edited by Margaret P. Farrar. Simon & Schuster. $1.95. Sixty-one pages of the new, two-handed crossword puzzle.
TIGER OF THE SNOWS
By Tenzing of Everest. G. P. Putnam's Sons. $4.50. Warm and moving life story of one of the first two men to reach Everest's peak.
By Rick and Barbara Carrier. Wilfred Funk. $4.95. Profusely illustrated guide to the beautiful underwater world.
THE FOUR MINUTE MILE
By Roger Bannister. Dodd, Mead. $3.50. A provocative book by the young English champion miler.
THE EDGE OF THE SEA
By Rachel Carson. Houghton Mifflin. $3.95. A fascinating book about the rich and complex life of the seashore.
CHURCHILL'S SHOTGUN BOOK
By Robert Churchill. Alfred A. Knopf. $6.75. A gun expert tells all about the smooth-bored game gun and game shooting.
JUDGING THE HORSE—FOR RACING, RIDING AND RECREATION
By John F. Wall and Frank Jennings. Wilfred Funk. $6. A treasury of information for practical horsemen.
GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES
By Wilbur Shaw. Coward-McCann. $6. The autobiography of one of the greatest racing car drivers of all time. Photos.
MODERN BASEBALL STRATEGY
By Paul Richards. Prentice-Hall. $3.95. A guide for all ballplayers—amateur or professional—by a well-known big-league manager.
THE ONE-EYED POACHER AND THE MAINE WOODS
By Edmund Ware Smith. Frederick Fell. $3.95. A delightful book about a Bunyonesque Maine Woods character.
By Kenneth Tynan. Harper. $5. An exciting bullfighting book, with photographs.
9 GOLDEN NATURE BOOKS
on Birds, Flowers, Insects, Trees, Reptiles and Amphibians, Mammals, Seashores, Stars and the American Southwest. Simon & Schuster. $1 to $1.95 each. A set of magnificently illustrated and clearly written guides.
NATIONAL FIELD TRIAL CHAMPIONS
By William F. Brown and Nash Buckingham. Stackpole. $12.50. A chronological and detailed history of pointer and setter champions.
THIS LIFE I'VE LED
By Babe Didrikson Zaharias. A. S. Barnes. $4. The greatest female athlete describes her career.
GREY, BAY AND CHESTNUT
By C. W. Anderson. Harper. $5. Pastel drawings of horses, suitable for framing.
DUCK DECOYS AND HOW TO RIG THEM
By Ralf Coykendall. Henry Holt. $5. The very latest in deceptive contraptions for the wild fowler.
REFEREEING SOCCER ROUND THE WORLD
By Arthur E. Ellis. A. S. Barnes. $4. The life story of a famous soccer referee.
LURES: THE GUIDE TO SPORT FISHING
By Keith C. Schuyler. Stackpole. $5. Wet and dry fly lures fully defined.
MEN FROM THE SEA
BY K. M. Wallenius. Oxford University Press. $4. Five beautifully told tales about the struggle of men and women in the Arctic Ocean.
DICK BUTTON ON SKATES
By Dick Button. Prentice-Hall. $3.95. A comprehensive book on figure skating, especially good on techniques.
By Edmund Hillary. E. P. Dutton. $4.50. The dramatic story of the conquering of Mount Everest.
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OUTBOARD MOTOR-BOATING
By Hank W. Bowman. A. S. Barnes. $5.75. An excellent book for motorboat owners.
By Albert Vanderkogel. Henry Holt. $3.50. An illustrated guide covering underwater adventure and photography.
THE DODGERS' WAY TO PLAY BASEBALL
By Al Campanis. E. P. Dutton. $2.95. A good rundown of playing methods and rules by a former big leaguer. Good for amateurs and semipros.
NEW HUNTING ANNUAL
By Larry Roller. Bobbs-Merrill. $2.75. An expert tells about hunting, guns and game.
A DAY IN THE BLEACHERS
By Arnold Hano. Thomas Y. Crowell. $3. A humorous account of the first World Series game of 1954 between the Giants and Indians.
THE TAKE-CHARGE GUY
By Jack Weeks. A. S. Barnes. $2.50. A moving story about a boy who becomes a major leaguer.
WALT DISNEY'S LIVING DESERT
By Jane Werner and the Disney staff. Simon & Schuster. $2.95. Profusely illustrated with pictures from the popular Disney motion picture.
QUEST OF THE SNOW LEOPARD
By Roy Chapman Andrews, illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Viking Press. $2.75. A fascinating true adventure story about a zoological expedition in Asia. For teen-agers.