SHORTAGES: Everything Goes

Camel-smokers walked at least a mile for any kind of cigaret; candy-eaters really lost weight for lack of sugar; gum-chewers glumly clumped their jaws on nonresilient chicle. Again & again weary clerks reminded shoppers, as nastily as they could, that there is a war on. Prospects for an early letup were gloomy:

¶ Civilians were getting 2.09% fewer cigarets this year than last. The shortage, universal throughout the U.S., had only started; leading brands will be increasingly scarce during the winter, with no real letup until after V-E day. Reasons: 1) manpower; 2) shortage of paper for shipping...

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