Rayon Record  - March/April 1952
These days at the barber shop "bull session" or the sewing circle "confidential confab" the conversation is very likely to finally get around to the high cost of living and how the "ole greenback ain't what she used to be."

But before we get to feeling too sorry for ourselves we should stop a while and compare our lot with some other group of workers.  Now over in Uncle Joe's "worker's paradise" (Sez who?) the Russian counterparts of Joe and Mary American - Iva and Olga _ would really  have something to talk about (if they were allowed to talk at all).

Take a look at the comparison between the advantages of capitalism and collectivism as taken from Labor's Monthly Survey, published by the American Federation of Labor.  The pictures present the comparison in terms of working time required in these two countries to buy standard items.

This beef roast that butcher, Ray Huffines, of the Old Hickory Food Locker is showing Pattie Willis of Plant 1 Textile is an expensive item these days.  However, according to the Labor's Monthly Survey, Pattie, as an average American industrial employee, works three hours to purchase a day's supply of food while the average Russian worker spends nine hours earning enough to get his daily food supply, which is much less in quantity.

Willie Midget of Plant 2 Spinning would have to work less than three hours to obtain the purchase of this shirt that Mrs. Mary Jackson of Sullivan's is showing him.  In Russia a Comrade toils 320 hours (our work week) to get enough rubles for a cotton shirt. 

In Russia the purchase of a lady's coat would require 1000 hours work.  In the United States this coat that Irene Schnaidt of Cone Inspection is trying on at Leroy's Dress Shop could be earned in about 75 hours by the average U.S. worker.  Sally Smith is the saleslady. 

The average American worker can buy a toothbrush with about 15 minutes work.  If John Stubblefield of Plant 2 Spinning, shown here buying such an article from Mrs. A.S. Diataker of Pullen-Dale Drug Store, lived in Russia he would have to work 4 hours to earn enough money for his purchase and another four for a tube of toothpaste.

A watch in Russia is a luxury item available to a privileged few since it would require 1600 hours of work (40 of our work weeks) by the average worker to buy one.  Noble Ladd of Plant 1 Spinning would have to work only about 75 hours (less than 2 work weeks) to buy the watch being shown him by Mrs. Paul Brisby of Stief's Jewelry.

A pair of nylon hose, a very vital part of every girl's wardrobe in "capitalistic America," can be bought by mildred Thompson of 2-B Textile from Mrs. Ednett McCain of Butler Bros.  for one hour's pay.  A Russian worker could buy a pair of stockings with 24 hours pay but they would be cotton not nylon for the "daughters of collectivism."

While a Russian worker probably isn't very anxious to get to work on time, the price of an alarm clock to get him up would require 160 hours of his working time.  If Howard Morrow of Plant 1 Spinning bought this clock from Mrs. W.W. Marbet of Peery Drug Store, the cost would represent only 4 hours' work for the average U.S. worker.