Series Is Presented Here As Two Variables--(1)--Original Data, 1938-1946 (2)--Original Data, 1946-1969. Source: U.S. Department Of Commerce, Office Of Business Economics, Unpublished Tables, "Retail Inventories, Monthly, 1939-1948, " Comm-Dc-17372; And "Inventories Of Retail Stores By Kind Of Business, 12/49-50-Old Method Revised, " Unnumbered Table Dated March 10, 1954
This NBER data series m05108a appears on the NBER website in Chapter 5 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter05.html.
NBER Indicator: m05108a
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Retail Trade Inventories, All Stores for United States [M0508AUSM144NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M0508AUSM144NNBR, February 13, 2016.