MODERN LIVING: Synthetic Surge

When men's summer suits made out of new synthetic fabrics appeared last y»ar, they were little more than a novelty. Supplies, from the pilot plants first built by the big chemical companies (Du Pont, Union Carbide, etc.), were so limited that few customers could get suits. Last week, for the first time, the suits were available in goodly quantities. Result: merchants, whose clothing business had been in a marked slump, found customers crowding their stores with a curiosity faintly reminiscent of the onetime rush for ballpoint pens.

Like the original ballpoints, the new synthetics were still in their high-priced phase....

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