March 8, 1986 |
Four auctions over the next five days will offer bidders a chance to nourish their interests in everything from haute couture to horticulture, with a little real estate and a lot of furniture thrown in. The haute couture is at the Fine Arts Co. of Philadelphia, 2317 Chestnut St., where almost 300 lots of designer and vintage apparel will be auctioned starting at 10 a.m. today. Much of the clothing comes from the estate of Catharine Wharton, who lived at the Barclay Hotel and who, to judge from the labels on the items, did much of her shopping at Nan Duskin nearby.
February 16, 1992 |
The crowd smelled blood, so to speak, and it put people in the proper mood for a strange fashion show. About 200 of them, mostly young, female and white, already had marched around town carrying strongly worded placards past department stores and fur shops: "Fur coats are worn by beautiful animals and ugly people . . . Fur free Philly," "Ban Fur. Fur is Blood" and "Stop Animal Torture. Don't buy fur. " They gathered outside City Hall in the clammy cold yesterday and hooted gleefully while an animal-rights activist listed a series of businesses around the nation that had gone under or stopped selling fur coats.
January 21, 1993 |
Five Philadelphia men have been charged with smashing the front window of Renaissance Resale and Consignment in Bryn Mawr Saturday morning and stealing about $5,000 worth of women's fur coats and leather jackets. Lower Merion police arrested the five after a car chase and took them to Montgomery County Prison. Lt. George Clement said three of the men were transvestites. Police discovered this, he said, when the men changed into prison uniforms and three of them were wearing women's underwear.
June 22, 2012
A Delaware County woman was changed with insurance fraud after she allegedly claimed Neiman Marcus lost her fur coat, the Attorney General's Office announced Thursday. Samiha Guirguis, 59, of Havertown, was also charged with theft by deception and forgery. According to court documents, in 2005 Guirguis put her $1,000 mink coat in storage at the store's King of Prussia location. When she went to retrieve the fur in 2009, Guirguis said the coat was not hers, the documents say. She presented an altered receipt showing the coat was worth $10,000 and then attempted to claim the loss on her homeowners insurance policy, the documents say. Guirguis was arrested Tuesday and released after posting $5,000 unsecured bail, authorities said.
March 8, 1989 |
A 17-year-old youth was arrested yesterday and charged with eight armed robberies on the city's streets over a three-week period, including three in which the victims were shot and wounded, police said. The suspect, Jermaine Ford, pulled a handgun when two detectives with a warrant for his arrest confronted him outside his home in the 2500 block of North Spangler Street in the city's Strawberry Mansion section about 2 p.m., police said. Detectives Michael McGinley and Joseph Henkel disarmed Ford and took him into custody.
January 17, 1991 |
A homeless New Jersey man was charged yesterday with murder in the hammer- slaying of a transsexual in a Morrisville apartment in June, Bucks County authorities said yesterday. Johnny Fitzpatrick 3d came to the attention of police in the killing of his friend, Lawrence Ransom, 37, also known as Sherrie Ransom, after he was arrested in New Jersey last week as a suspect in two killings in that state, District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein said at a news conference. Fitzpatrick, 30, of the Asbury Park area, confessed to Ransom's slaying under questioning by police in New Jersey, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Bucks County authorities yesterday.
December 22, 1989 |
Tis the season to be jolly. Maybe. But, for sure, 'tis the season to feel the cold. And when I was young, this was always the season when I dreamed of owning a fur. That was in the late '50s. But today, the wearing of fur is no longer simply the fulfillment of a dream; it's become a matter of ethics. This year, when the weather first turned cold, I got to wondering how young women really feel about wearing fur. So I asked a few students in my college classes this question: "If a wealthy relative were to offer you a fur coat, would you accept it?"
January 15, 1986 |
Martinez Jackson, 71, the father of professional baseball star Reggie Jackson, was robbed at knifepoint yesterday inside his Olney fur store, police said. Police said two thieves made off with a waist-length raccoon coat and a watch commemorating the day Jackson's son hit his 400th major league home run. Jackson, in an interview, placed the value of the coat at $1,000 and the watch, a Cartier, at about $1,700. Jackson said he was alone in the store at about 1 p.m. when two men in their twenties, who had been in twice before yesterday, entered a third time.
May 7, 1992 |
Doris Dalton-Martineaux of Northampton Township, a chiropractor, won the title Mrs. Pennsylvania last month based on beauty, intelligence, speech, poise and interviews with a five-judge panel. "It's an experience you're never going to have again," she said. "When that music started and I got on stage, I felt like Elvis Presley: My legs were twitching and my lips were quivering. " Fifty-four women competed in the annual competition near Pittsburgh, which included a swimsuit and evening gown competition.
May 8, 2013 |
LONDON - When Ray Harryhausen was 13, he was so overwhelmed by "King Kong" that he vowed he would create otherworldly creatures on film. He fulfilled his desire as an adult, thrilling audiences with skeletons in a sword fight, a gigantic octopus destroying the Golden Gate Bridge and a six-armed dancing goddess. On Tuesday, Harryhausen, 92, died at London's Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for about a week. Though little known by the general public, Harryhausen made 17 movies that are cherished by devotees of film fantasy.