MANNERS & MORALS: Americano

Notes on U.S. customs, habits, manners & morals:

¶With earnings dropping sharply from wartime peaks, New York's taxi owners resolved to ask their irascible drivers to shave more often, dress better, and substitute a smile for the wartime snarl.

Small fry spat out their bubble gum and rushed to get a new bubble-blowing outfit which produces bubbles four to five feet in diameter, and with the consistency of Cellophane. One shortcoming: when punctured, the bubbles collapse with a despondent whoosh instead of a pop.

¶Illustrator Norman Rockwell roundly endorsed the suggestion of Massachusetts' Representative Edith Nourse Rogers that U.S. paper...

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