U.S. At War: Painless No. 3

U.S. citizens got Ration Book No. 3 by simply dipping into the mailbox. For Ration Books 1 & 2 they had had to wait in line and fill out questionnaires. The slick new red-tape-slashing scheme had gotten its inventor, Philip Holzer, 24-year-old OPA clerk (TIME, May 3) a temporary draft deferment and had given the U.S. Post Office its biggest delivery.

Bespectacled Clerk Holzer, who broke through OPA's you-can't-do-that rules to put over the mailing scheme, was scheduled for induction last May. But Holzer knew his own plan so much better than his...

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