It was the children's finest hour. All over London small boys in grey flannel shorts and school caps could be seen walking solemnly about, cheeks bulging, a look of supreme contentment on their faces. All over Britain, pink faces were blissfully smeared and little fingers were wonderfully sticky. After seven lean years for British moppets, candy rationing ended last week.

The children stared at the piles of lollipops, taffy, gumdrops, and other treasures in shop windows, many of them for the first time in their lives feeling the sweet pangs of choice. In London's Hyde Park, a queue moved...

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