Pretty Picture

Civilian Production Administrator John D. Small was well pleased with the way things were going. Last week his monthly report on U.S. production was heartening:

>Output of almost all consumer goods was higher in August than in July. Autos, up 10% to 241,000, and refrigerators, down 1% to 218,000, were still behind prewar rates. But output of trucks (105,500 in August), tires (7,100,000), electric irons (608,000) and radios (1,700,000) was running far ahead of prewar averages.

>Production of building materials increased (plumbing fixtures were up from 20 to 35% over July). Freight-car production,...

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