GOVERNMENT: Utility Furniture

Furniture, second largest U.S. industry in the consumer durable goods field, has finally been driven by material and labor shortages from the state of pinch into near chaos. The bad news:

> U.S. furniture production this year will drop about 20% below 1942 output.

> Last November, WPB banned metal springs for use in living-room furniture and beds. Goose and duck feathers were next to go. In March, new furniture patterns were prohibited. The use of metal joinings is limited. Then, last month, existing furniture patterns were ordered cut two-thirds. Wood was scarce as...

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