THE TOILET PAPER SHORTAGE OF
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The Toilet Paper Shortage of 1973
If anyone can remember, the early
70’s everything was in short supply especially oil. When
Americans heard the word shortage, they would jump out and purchase
these items since they knew what it was like standing in line to get
gasoline for their cars.
whether you believe it or not, there was a toilet paper shortage in the
United States in 1973. The entire episode started with a Johnny Carson
Tonight Show monologue. On December 19, 1973, the writers for the show
had heard earlier the federal government was falling behind in getting
bids to supply toilet paper and that it might be possible that in a few
months the United States could face a shortage of toilet tissue. They
took the words of this Wisconsin congressional representative, Harold
Froehlich and decided to add a joke for Carson for the evening show.
did in fact use the joke in a monologue stating, "You know what's
disappearing from the supermarket shelves? Toilet paper. There's an
acute shortage of toilet paper in the United States."
to the amazement of not only the show but of toilet paper factories
across America, 20 million people that watched the Carson show that
evening ran out in the morning and bought as much toilet paper as they
could carry. By noon on December 20, 1973, practically every store in
America was out of stock. Many of the stores tried to ration this
valuable paper but they could not keep up with the demand no matter
what they did.
nights later, Johnny Carson explained there was no shortage and he
apologized to his viewers. However, this did not help with the scare.
As soon as people noticed the empty shelves, they wanted this paper
took a total of three long and grueling weeks to get the shelves
stocked again and finally the shortage was over.
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