TRANSPORTATION: The Bridegroom's Lament

The U.S. citizen's infatuation with his flashy, curvaceous, chromium-loaded postwar car was wearing a little thin. Once he had been madly certain that she was the only girl for him. Now he was discovering that she was a trifle touchy and craved expensive beauty treatments. Automobile clubs in various cities and the American Automobile Association were hearing his sputtering complaints.

His biggest gripe was over maintenance. In 1939 the cost of repairing, greasing, parking, storing and washing the private motorist's automobile had totaled $462 million dollars. It rose to $577 million in 1941, sank to an average of $490 million...

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