U.S. At War: Me I'll Take Care Of

Shoe rationing started the rumor that clothes rationing was coming. Fed on fear and selfishness, the rumor grew fast and fat. By this week it had snowballed into a buying wave that no denial from Washington could stop; department-store sales averaged up to 100% above this time last year; soft-goods counters were stripped bare; women went hog-wild over anything wearable at any price, of any style.

> One Cleveland shopper ordered 75 pairs of stockings. Another got four coats, sizes 10, 12, 14, 16, for her growing daughter.

> A Los Angeles matron...

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