As WPB moved toward real totalitarianism last week (see col. 2), it had one solace for its frantic victims. There was going to be less red tape. After four months of trial, WPB had a grown-up plan for distributing scarce materials. Its official name -the Production Requirements Plan-had long ago been affectionately shortened to "Purp" by the 7,000-odd manufacturers already working under it.

Purp was a pre-Pearl Harbor invention of Don Nelson's, aimed at the mountain of paper work (see p. 80) that a war manufacturer has to go through to get...

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