After Such Pleasures

The great American era of the automobile came to a virtual end in 17 States along the Atlantic seaboard last week. Without any warning, the Office of Price Administration banned all pleasure and nonessential driving. At the same time, OPA cut the value of fuel oil coupons for home use by 10% and the amount of fuel oil for nonresidential purposes by 25%. Taken together, these orders brought about the greatest civilian dislocations to date.

Almost overnight nearly all private automobiles disappeared from the streets and highways of the East. There was almost...

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