The High Cost of Ceilings

What has happened to all the cheap textiles—the 98¢ dresses, dollar work clothes, 39¢ aprons, 25¢ socks? The dearth of these bargain-basement specials has graveled many a low-income shopper, and given many a housewife to wonder whether OPA is really succeeding in holding the line. This same question last week bothered Economic Stabilizer Fred Vinson. He issued orders to WPBoss Don Nelson and OPA Boss Chester Bowles to increase supplies of these inexpensive soft goods.

The paradox is that these low-priced textiles do not exist mainly because OPA has succeeded in keeping prices down. But...

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