New York City: consumers mob a popular flagship store, clamoring to be among the first to own the latest and greatest in technology.
iPhone frenzy? Hardly.
In 1945, Gimbels sold out of thousands of revolutionary (at the time) ballpoint pens for $12.50 each - or roughly $150 in 2009 dollars. Here's an ad from the Milwaukee Sentinal for the "fantastic, atomic era, miraculous fountain pen that you've read about, wondered about, waited for!"