The nation's sporting-goods stores were beginning to spruce up. Big manufacturers like A. G. Spalding & Bros. and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. were reconverting at top speed.

After Pearl Harbor, both Spalding and Wilson turned their precision machinery to the manufacture of small arms and tank helmets. They had gone on making some sports equipment, but the military had snapped up almost 80% of it. Last week, with all arms contracts canceled, the first dribble of postwar sporting goods was on its way to the nation.


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