Business & Finance: Smocks

Customers of J. P. Benkard & Co., Manhattan stockbrokers entering the offices of the firm one morning last week, stared in amazement at a clerk who was putting up the opening prices, for this individual was clad like no other clerk in the history of Wall Street. He had on a pale smock with a rolling collar and an open neck—a garment of the type that is popularly supposed to be the uniform of artists in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Its color was light blue. In the office, a score of clerks were...

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