Business & Finance: Basement Bedlam

To proper Bostonians it looked as if a riot had broken out. A crowd of 5,000 pushing, milling people surged against the brawny arms of bluecoats. But it was not quite a riot: it was merely the first big postwar men's-wear sale at Filene's bargain basement. Filene's had been getting ready for 36 months, by picking up slow-selling lots of merchandise (men's suits, topcoats and overcoats) from other stores. It had everything from $65 suits with John Wanamaker's label to bulky lumps of cheap woolens. Last week it put close to 6,000 garments on sale. Price: $11 each.

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