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John T. Mullin, responsible for introducing the tape recorder to America, writes to a friend, Jack.
Well you would be surprised at San Francisco. It is dimmed out by neglect and over-run by day with Oakies, Arkies, Koaties, ect. – they estimate that the influx of workers in the shipyards and their families has increased the population near 100,000. The former Japanese district is crowded with them and the housing problem is still acute. Market Street is a mess, crowded by day with women in slacks, children sometimes in bare feet – negroes in zoot suits and at night in the dim-out it is something to struggle with the crowds, including sailors and soldiers milling thru the [unreadable]. Business at the dump has been very good. This summer and fall volume and profits better than in many years – but the stock is running down and only a few lines are longer available – almost all manufacture of consumer goods has been stopped – it remains to be seen what we will have to sell next year. - Well any how I have been in that job long enough and as I tell your mother – I can join the Navy and see the world – if you stay in England long enough I may visit you there – providing I don't stay in the South Seas. My Uncle Rome at Cedar Rapids may "join-up" with me – we talked it over on our drive to Chicago. I must write you a special letter soon devoted exclusively to that trip, it was thrilling.

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