For her volunteer work at the Whittier Historical Museum, Lyn Yeomans needs cotton twill tape ; she claims that poly fabric is available but it won't do the job. Can you help, or will Yeomans go down in history as another native who became unraveled over a few feet of tape?
For a husband with sensitive skin, Mrs. S. M. Van Heusen of San Clemente is looking for white pima cotton shirts by R & O Hawick, Size 17 1/2 with short sleeves. She was able to buy these R & O shirts on Long Island but can't find a source out here. Can you roll up your sleeves and help before Van Heusen has to tell her husband to "go East, old man," or will she be convinced that nobody out here cottons to these shirts?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Ed at (805) 643-4069 has been making the rounds in an attempt to locate round-headed solid-brass nuts that are unslotted, about 2 inches long and hold old-fashioned glass cupboard nuts in place. So that Ed won't have to go back to square one, please come up with a few nuts; otherwise Ed may end up that way. . . . For her small son, Margaret at (818) 846-0403 would like to locate a Mattel action figure called Faker, part of the Masters of the Universe series; Mattel says this character has been discontinued, and Margaret's son can't understand why Santa Claus didn't make him one for Christmas. If you happen to come up with only one of these characters, it will at the same time save a boy's faith and a mother's face.
Angelita Wadsworth of Orange is looking for shelf brackets for floor-to-ceiling tension poles ; these brackets are squared and grooved and enable you to set up shelves without having to screw the brackets into a wall. Can you help by putting Angelita back into the groove, or will the tension in her home always keep the shelves poles apart?
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for items no longer available in stores. And you must provide written permission to publish your phone number, so that readers may contact you directly.
Now for a soft touch. For B. Ferel of Huntington Beach, who was looking for Baby Touch mittens, we have some Northern California addresses: Baby Touch, 155 El Condor Court, San Rafael, Calif. 94903 (from Mrs. W. Lester Osborn of Los Angeles, Florence Stolzer of Sherman Oaks and a Marina del Rey reader); Dorthy Garfield Baby Touch Mittens, 27 27th Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94121 (from Margaret Bernal of Los Angeles), and Baby Touch, 100 Sandpiper Circle, Corte Madera, Calif. 94925 (from V. Campbell of West Covina).
In addition, we have several mail order sources for the mittens (as well as for the cotton gloves mentioned last week): Miles Kimball, 41 West 8th Ave., Oshkosh, Wis. 54906-0002 (from Celeste Meakin); Walter Drake, Drake Building, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80940 (from Violet Johnson); Harriet Carter, Department 166, North Wales, Pa. 19455 (from Mrs. D. E. Connely), and Vermont Country Store, P.O. Box 3000, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255-3000 (from Veronica McGill, Mrs. E. F. Nickerson and Sheilagh Hall).
Frieda Block of Culver City, who was looking for high-cut terry cotton bedroom slippers, should soon be able to slip into some without having to wear out too many pairs of shoes. Hazel Wagner of Los Angeles says she bought some for $2.17 a pair in the socks section at K-mart at 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles; they were called Moon-Boots and came in various colors in Sizes 5 to 10. And Lucy Montoya of the City of Commerce bought some at her local K-mart.