"This exhibition shows the wealth created by the skill and artistry of America's unemployed."

So read an inscription on a big U-shaped building at the World's Fair which, still unfinished last week, was a focus of embarrassment for the Works Progress Administration, whose show at the Fair it is. Representative Woodrum's committee to investigate WPA before voting its 1940 money (TIME, April 20, et seq.), sent to New York City two Treasury engineers to look into the costs and efficiency of WPA projects compared to private projects. The Treasury's men made clear...

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