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The rockin' chatf has got us. New Orleans furniture stores report a s^Jden rush on rockers. "I'm beginning to think the whole town is off its rocker, or I should say on its rocker/' guffawed a furniture salesman in a downtown store. 'It's not the Whistler-mother type or the old time whittlin' farmer demanding rockers. "Bless Pat if it isn't those collegiate type young men pricing rockers these days. "They come in, plank themselves down on rocker after rocker, trying them out for size and comfort. "I've been in the business for years and I've never seen anything like this rocker rush." Sj! # * THE MAN who set the nation rocking is President John Kennedy. His wife bought sim a rocking chair. It got into the, papers and that was it. Many therapeutic, benefits have been attributed to the rocking chair. Dr. Janet G. Travell, White House physician says the rocking chair is a healthy, sedentary exercise. Cardiologists support rocking chair activity as a quiet form of exercise which does not overtax the heart. Vascular surgeons say it increases the gentle flow of blood. Some orthopedic surgeions have endorsed rocking as a passive exercise for low back, hip, knee and ankle joints, bringing into play all muscles of lower extremities as well as ligaments and tendons. They also say it's excellent for people with legs in casts. * * * QUERIED AS TO these claims, Dr. J. Theodore Brierre, president of the Orleans Parish Medical Society, concurred. He added: "When a person is busy rocking he may be forgetting some of his other problems, thus easing up on tension.'1 Asked if he had a rocking chair in his home, Dr. Brierre answered, "I certainly do, but I never get to use it. My wife beats me to it. She loves to rock." | * * * WOMEN SHOULD have priority on rocking chairs, they claim. They've always used one to rock the baby. That is until the "let 'em yell" psychology relegated rockers to the attic, and porchless homes eliminated another rocker domain. Credit must be given to Benjamin Franklin for inventing the rocker by adding bends to a slat-backed wooden chair. All early rocking chairs, Windsors, banister and ladder backs were converted with bends. In recent years modern chairs have been motorized and upholstered to quiver, shake and jiggle. With few Scandinavian exceptions, foot-propelled ones remain traditional in design. PHOTO: BOSTON ROCKER calls for a cup of tea, TONY CUNEO decides.
|Title||Rockin' chair catches young Orleanians|
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Brierre, Joseph Theodore, Dr.
|Call Number||1961 p42-43|
New Orleans States-Item
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