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1947 – Gift Wrapper Raps in Vain (Footnote)

(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 10 in the November 13, 1947 edition of the Detroit Free Press, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)


Gift Wrapper Raps in Vain

All alone and locked in eight floors up, Wednesday night, was Joe Gibson, 49, of 2332 Park, who had been so busy wrapping Christmas parcels for the J. L. Hudson Co. he didn’t notice time pass.

Unable to attract the watch­man, he improvised a rope from rags, string and electric wire, to which he attached a card­board sign pleading for help. This he dangled from a ware­house window at 310 E. Jeffer­son.

After an hour a passer-by no­ticed the dancing SOS 10 feet above him. He called police. Released, Gibson said he was through working overtime — alone.

Original Detroit Free Press article from 1947.
Original Detroit Free Press article from 1947.
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