Business: Typewriters Drafted

Less typewriter clatter in the U.S., more small-arms clatter on all fronts was a WPB demand last week. Typewriter men, called to Washington to view a table full of knocked-down rifles, revolvers, and other arms, nodded a grim okay. Some were already making 40-mm. projectiles, primers, fire-control equipment. Now they will make more.

To do so, Typewriterdom's Big Four (Royal, Remington, Underwood, Smith & Corona) expect to cut production of standard machines 25% under the 1941 rate until April 1, thereafter 40%. After March 15 they will make no more noiseless machines at all;...

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