CONVENTIONS: Out for the Duration

The American Bankers Association, which has met every year since 1874, canceled its 1942 convention last week, at the Government's request. Other big groups will follow suit. Hotelmen, chambers of commerce, merchants and convention bureaus in 38 U.S. cities gloomed that the half-billion-dollar annual convention "industry" is all washed up until the war is won.

Transportation is the big trouble. Conventions create peak loads, make the use of additional equipment necessary. Hence the Office of Defense Transportation wants all conventions called off except those "closely related to the war effort," wants even those "skeletonized."

Before the ODT ban, 2,300 national and...

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