Reconversion for Santa

In the breakneck race to deliver postwar toys in time for Christmas, the $200 million toy industry was falling behind. By last week manufacturers were ready to admit that this will be another year of cardboard and wood makeshifts: there will be few, if any, dolls of prewar quality, few rubber balls that really bounce, few electric trains, velocipedes, roller skates, bicycles and other wheeled and metal toys.

The industry was hobbled by shortages and reconversion problems. Examples: Not for 1945. The lifting of restrictions on the nonessential use of rubber came too late in the season for manufacturers of...

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