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LETTERS FROM HOME never fail to remind the GI that among other things (tea sets, paintings, Japanese dolls, fans, ivory statues, cameras, binoculars) mother would like a nightgown (preferably lined with pure silk), sister would like a pair of pajamas (preferably a pair of cute red ones made of pure silk), and brother would like a jacket (preferably with a big green dragon on the back and made of pure silk).

Fortunately (or unfortunately) the serviceman is in the right country to purchase such exquisite apparel. And the cost is not too frightening. There are beautiful clothes of nylon, rayon, and brocade, but the best of all are the clothes of pure silk. They catch the GI's eye and the family usually gets what it asks for.

The serviceman soon takes silk that is pure for granted and other materials - just plain silk, for instance - leave him rather cold.

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