Furniture Fun

In booming West Coast war centers, metal filing cabinets are hens'-teeth scarce. The Army, Navy and the big manufacturers have combed the countryside, town by town, unable to find any.

Result: up blossomed a tiny war-baby industry, making wooden filing cabinets whose drawers are apt to sound like a crate of apples rolling downstairs when they are opened—when they can be opened.

One of the best of these war babies is the Carnation Lumber Supply Co. in Carnation (pop. 400), in Washington's Snoqualmie Valley, some 35 miles from Seattle. Father of the baby...

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