Optical Illusion

Chester Bowles and his OPA were under fire last week. Retail merchants, after scanning the list of 1000-odd consumer luxury items released from price controls, decided that OPA's mountainous labors had brought forth a mouse or two.

Sporting-goods dealers discovered that: 1) "all baseball equipment" was removed from price controls, except balls, mitts, gloves, bats, apparel and shoes; 2) "all tennis equipment" except rackets, balls, apparel and shoes; 3) "all football equipment" except apparel, shoes, helmets, pads and footballs.

Nor were furniture retailers impressed by the OPA list which lifted the ceilings on "rugs, the weaving surface of which is made...

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