Shirt Off Your Back

One harried retailer summed up: "My clerks feel like keepers at the zoo with no food for the animals at feeding time." AH over the U.S., underwear, men's suits and shirts and women's stockings were scarcer than ever before. Stores brave enough to advertise a small shipment of any of the precious items warned customers that they shopped at their own risk (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), occasionally had to call police to quell riots.

Last week, the fraying consumer found out where some of the clothing was:

¶ More than 3,000,000 men's shirts were piled up in manufacturers' warehouses, were not moving...

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