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April 9, 1938

DANGERS OF BURNING FROM CELLOPHANE COSTUMES

JAMA. 1938;110(15):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150055025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The Dennison Manufacturing Company sells for 10 cents a book entitled "How to Make Gay Colorful Costumes of Crepe Paper." Costume 9, on page 9, is described under the title "cellophane" and the book states: "You will feel very glamorous indeed in a Cellophane costume. Better not smoke while you are wearing it."I labored under a charge of being dogmatic when I emphatically refused to allow my daughter to have such a costume for a party. I argued that, any time three people over 16 years of age get together, at least one is smoking. To make a cellophane party costume is to go a long way out of the way in the search for trouble. A costume was provided of less inflammable material, and the incident was forgotten. It comes to mind again today, on receipt of a letter from a relative, who writes of

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