THE ECONOMY: Facts & Figures, Dec. 10, 1945

Green Christmas? Holly, unlike Christmas trees (TIME, Nov. 19) will be scarce and expensive this Christmas in most of the U.S. Reason: late spring frosts and unseasonal rains left trees in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia (which supply most eastern holly) almost devoid of berries. What little holly there is must be shipped from Texas and the Northwest.

Custom-Built Tickets. Standing in line for railroad tickets may soon be a thing of the past. In a matter of seconds, a new machine developed jointly by the National Cash Register Co. and the Southern Railway delivers a ticket freshly printed with destination and...