News of the day for November 15, 1947. Dealing with food shortages in Postwar Europe. Foreign Aid appeals. Communist trouble in Paris. Food prices and cost of living skyrocketing at home.
November 15, 2011

Europe in 1947 - shortages of everything but people.

News on this day in November of 1947 was all about the situation of food and essentials shortages in postwar Europe. The situation was so dire that appeals were made to Capitol Hill for help in Foreign Aid and rebuilding the war torn cities. In Paris, trouble was erupting with French Communists which only added to the frustration.

At home the concern was over the rise in the cost of living and food, with Beef scoring its highest wholesale price in many years. It was also learned that, if you were looking for a new car you would have to wait another two years before you could head to your nearest showroom and get one.

On Capitol Hill there were calls for a low-income Tax Cut (how novel) and an extension of minimum working hours. Fingers were crossed but no breath was held.

And the 104 car Friendship Train, filled with donations to the people of Europe from the people in America was slowly making its way across the continent, doing what it could to ease the pain.

And that's how it sounded on this November 15, 1947 as reported by John Cameron Swayze and the NBC News Of The World.

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