Date: September 17, 2010 01:54PM
Smith was RS Pres c. 1974-1984. Her predecessor was Belle Spafford, who served from the 1940s to 1974 (um, I think she was a little behind the times when she was released...).
As a child, I remember seeing fake acrylic grapes all over the house of my LDS best friend. I wondered if perhaps their religious beliefs included something about fake grapes. Only much later, as an RFM board reader, did I learn that fake grapes were de rigeur as an RS craft project in the mid to late 1960s. Supposedly in some parts of Utah, you could deduce the stake of the person who made the grapes based on the design.
I do remember my mother being asked by my friend's mom to save our Mrs Butterworth syrup bottles and plastic Clorox bottles for her. We presumed they were being recycled into some sort of arts and crafts project (I once used a creme de menthe bottle to make a paper maché penguin in fifth grade....). I now suspect that the Mrs. Butterworth bottles became pioneer dolls, and the plastic Clorox bottles became Santas.
Anyway, it appears that the vaunted fake grapes era was under the tutelage of Belle Spafford, prior to Barbara Smith being called to replace her.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/17/2010 01:54PM by PtLoma.