Shirt on Your Back

OPA last week tried to revive two major civilian war casualties. The casualties: children's low-priced clothing, and cheap rayon and cotton clothes for adults. Both have disappeared almost completely from the market because of OPA's regulations. Under them, manufacturers can make more money by finishing "grey goods" (rough, unbleached cloth) into fancy-looking materials, such as splashy prints, than by finishing it into plainer cloth for cheap clothes. What cheap goods there are for sale are so poor in quality that they will scarcely survive one wartime laundering.

Less Profit. OPA Boss Chester Bowles admitted all this as he gave...

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