Facts & Figures, Dec. 17, 1945

Inflation. Manhattan's Dale Fifth Avenue, Inc. did not think it could sell many men's alligator weekend bags at $2,000 apiece. It made one anyhow, just to show what it could do, and advertised it. The day the ad appeared, Dale's was crowded by hundreds of bag hunters. By week's end Dale had taken orders for four $2,000 bags, had some 50 other customers "seriously interested." Said President Herbert Dale: "Most surprising."

Fast Mix. The Douglas "Mixmaster," military prototype of the DC-8, cracked the cross-cpuntry speed record. With a good tail wind helping its tail propellers, it averaged 432 miles...

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