RETAIL TRADE: Challenge for Parents

U.S. parents who are driven to ten-to-one martinis by the intricacies of their children's electric trains or erector sets are in for a new shock this year. Thanks to a boost from Sputnik and Muttnik, 1957 is the year of the "scientific" toy. As the buying season opened this week, retailers displayed an array of ingenious, intricate and fiendishly clever inventions. Mothers and fathers will have to grapple with the mysteries of boats, guns, radios and dolls operated by batteries, transistors, motors, sonar waves, even the rays of the sun. When the...

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