Wow- the Mc Logans were neighbors and friends of my parents- very cool ephemera!
When I was 15 I thought I needed a new necktie for a dance, or something that was coming up. I remember going into James Inc. downtown. I had heard that James was the best. I bought a tie for $15, which was an expensive tie in 1968. When I got home, and my Dad found out what I had paid, he made me return it and get my money back. He then gave me one of his ties. I guess he was trying to teach me the value of a dollar.
James Inc was good. Jim McLogan was one of my dad's best friends. Roberts/David Allen was first and perhaps better, however. I needed a new car coat for winter when I was 15. I went to David Allen's and bought a beautiful, heavy, corduroy coat that was lined with white leather and alpaca. It cost $300+ in 1957. My parents wanted me to take it back and gave Bob Barnett hell for selling it to me. However, I was cutting grass in the neighborhood for $5/hr and paid for it myself. My dad even wore it about 6 years later. It still looked good.
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