RUBBER: Ersatz & Home Grown

One night last week B. F. Goodrich Co. gave a party in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria. Its climax: Goodrich President John Lyon Collyer parted blue plush curtains to reveal a map of the world. On it a line of green neon lights traced the rubber route from Singapore, via Suez and the Mediterranean, to the U. S. and Goodrich's Akron plant. Traveling the rubber route with President Collyer's warning words was a small cardboard boat. In mid-Atlantic, a loud explosion blew it up.

This was Goodrich's way of introducing a new synthetic rubber, patriotically...

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