Allen Jewelry Company
2902 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

February 1947 Anchor, p. 88  
Courtesy of Bob Allen ('51) of VA - 11/07/05
Thanks, Bob!

.I remember Mr. (Garland) Reedy in the wheelchair. Did he work in Allen’s Jewelry store near 28th and
Washington or did he have his own shop? I do remember going with my mother to see Mr. Reedy.

Aretie Gallins Danley ('59) of Northern VA - 10/21/05
Thanks, Aretie!  Mr. Reedy had his own store, Reedy's Jewelry, at 222 - 28th Street.

... My sister.....(is) Pauline Allen Mitchell ('47) of Richmond, VA.....
Our dad owned Allen Jewelry (downtown NN)  Mr. Garland Reedy was the watchmaker
before he opened his small shop on 28th street;  The Reedys and Allens have always been
close friends.  ..all my brothers and sisters worked there at Allen Jewelry  at one time or another. 

- Bob Allen ('51) of VA - 10/26/05
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Bob!

Aha! So my memory was not too far off base. I thought I remembered Mr. Garland Reedy
from Allen Jewelry in downtown Newport News.....

For my “sweet sixteenth” birthday, my mother took me to Allen’s Jewelry to buy for me a
ruby birthstone ring for my July birthday. I still wear the ring from time to time.
For my graduation gift she took me to Allen’s Jewelry to buy a single strand cultured pearl  
, a cultured pearl bracelet and a pair of screw back cultured pearl earrings. I still have
the necklace and bracelet in the original baby blue velvet box with satin lining. Unfortunately
someplace along the way in the past 15 years I lost one of the earrings. My mother had the
pearls restrung to fit my neck. I wonder if Mr. Reedy was the person who restrung the necklace,
and I wonder what year Mr. Reedy opened the shop on 28th Street.

- Aretie Gallins Danley - '59 - of Northern VA
Thanks, Aretie!

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Music by Jules Styne, Lyrics by Leo Robin, 1949

The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental
On your humble flat, or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

...Tiffany's ... Cartier...Black Star, Frost, Gorham
Talk to me, Harry, Winston, tell me all about it!
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

There may come a time when a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you're awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice
He's your guy when stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend
It's then that those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

I've heard of affairs that are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

And I think affairs that you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets if little pets get big baggettes
Time rolls on and youth is gone
And you can't straighten up when you bend
But stiff back or stiff knees
You stand straight at Tiffany's

Diamonds... Diamonds...
- I don't mean rhinestones -
But Diamonds, Are A Girl's Best Friend

(This page was created on 10/27/05 after knowledge presented by
Aretie Gallins Danley - '59 - of Northern VA and Bob Allen - '51 - of VA
made it the only possible course of action.  Thanks, Aretie and Bob!)

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/03

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" midi courtesy of,
via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/02/03
Thanks, Dave!

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