SURPLUS PROPERTY: General Store, U.S., Prop.

The browbeaten War Assets Administration was tired of being told that it didn't sell surpluses fast enough and use efficient department-store methods. Last week WAA tried an experiment aimed to answer these criticisms.

In an empty airplane hangar in New Orleans, WAA opened its own department store to sell to veterans only. Instead of the usual red tape (some 28 steps from original application to final sale), veterans who came to buy had only to show proof of discharge.

Over 4,000 customer-veterans jammed the store on opening day. Many brought their wives and...

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