Customs: Wheels for Figaro

The peddlers are coming back.

In the old days, when stores were few and roads were slow, they brought the world's goods and services to the isolated door. And in the new days, when stores are jammed and traffic clogs the highways, the peddlers are back again, dazzling the harried housewife with their lines of cosmetics, underclothes, frozen foods, lending libraries. Latest throwback is the itinerant barber.

Three Texas businessmen have mounted him on an air-conditioned 2½-ton truck with white aluminum walls enclosing a swiveling barber chair and the usual complement of up-to-the-minute...

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