Too Much Bufld-Up

Plastics men. meeting last week in Hot Springs to discuss the role of their industry in defense, had a strange problem: their reputation was too good. Wherever a shortage has arisen—in aluminum, zinc, nickel—someone has stepped up to say that the nation would use plastics instead. Many a citizen, after watching a series of plastic miracles in fountain pens, steering wheels, etc.. has come to think of plastics as the national Handy Andy.

In 1929 the Census Bureau valued the industry's raw plastics production at $29,212,212. Since then its size has almost...

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