Music: Record Shortage

Record collectors were last week beginning to find many of the most desirable disks harder & harder to get. Many albums of the highest musical value had disappeared entirely from the market. The reason for the shortage was not James Caesar Petrillo's recording ban (TIME, June 22, 1942). It was a combination of wartime circumstances hitting the recording industry a mighty wallop.

Last year U.S. record manufacturers reached an alltime production record with 136,000,000 disks. This year production is down at least 50%.

Most important factors are: 1) a shortage of skilled manpower, as in...

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