M-m-m, Rubber!

Lettuce-growing, ballyhoo-loving Salinas, Calif, was bursting with civic pride last week: homegrown, natural rubber in small but commercial quantities was bouncing from its Government-owned guayule-processing mill. Pounding, chopping and sloshing away night & day at mounds of tough, dry guayule shrubs harvested and baled in the fields near by, the little mill was turning out six tons of 100%-California rubber every 24 hours.

Within about three months the Salinas mill will have ground its way through all the guayule now available (it takes two to three years to grow to commercial size)....

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