NEW BUSINESS: Eye to Weather

As Robert Kahn walked the streets near his failing Chicago advertising agency shortly after Pearl Harbor, he stopped at an antique shop window. An old battered Swiss weather house caught his eye, and Kahn had an idea.

The Government had banned all weather reports. The war had blocked imports of weather houses from Switzerland, Germany and Japan. And although Americans were familiar with weather houses, millions of them had never owned one. With a wife and two children to support, what better prospects could a man want than to get out and sell weather houses all over the U.S.?

Kahn bought the...

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