MANUFACTURING: Less Work for Santa

Next Christmas, U.S. children will have to get along with 30-to-40% fewer toys than Santa Claus brought them last year. This was the sad conclusion of some 3,000 retail buyers who crowded together to stock up for Santa at the annual American Toy Fair in Manhattan last week.

There were two main reasons for the playroom gloom: 1) U.S. toymakers are busy making some 500 different war items; 2) war work or not, with no metal and rubber, less wood and paper, they cannot keep up peacetime production. But the Toy Fair showed...

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