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O.C. SYDNEY, July 25. Sydney has been intrigued by a second-hand clothing dealer's revelations concerning the wardrobe of the late Archibald Howie, who died in October, 1943, and whose clothing effects the dealer has purchased. Sir Archibald had been Lord Mayor of Sydney, president of the Royal Agricultural Society and a leading light in the U.A.P.—now the Liberal party. His personal wardrobe contained 36 lounge suits, some of them made by the London firm of Kilgour and French, who were tailors to the Prince of Wales. In addition, there were dress suits, dinner suits and golf clothes, all of them fashioned in London or by one of the most expensive firms of Sydney tailors, and many pairs of slacks. There were 67 hats, not counting pith helmets from India, panamas from Ecuador, top and opera hats. Besides numbers of slippers, there were 58 pairs of shoes, all handmade, and kept snugly in shape by boot-trees. The 156 shirts were all tailor-made, ranging from the finest silk and linen to flannel, all bearing the monogram, "A.H." The suits carried his full name.

In spite of the fact that the shirts would have lasted Sir Archibald several lifetimes, each one had an extra pair of cuffs. The mountain of underwear was of the finest quality, and scores of garments had never been worn. There were hundreds of ties and there must have been nearly a thousand collars.

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SUITS BY DOZEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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SUITS BY DOZEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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