The Press: Paper Work

Cleveland's Lincoln Electric Co. got an order for arc-welding electrodes, weighing 700 Ib. The order itself took a single sheet of paper. But with it came si Ib. of priority extensions, taking 597 sheets of paper (see cut). Each priority (199 in all) required typed fill-ins, two signatures (one notarized with seal). President James Finney Lincoln last week calculated that it cost him much less in money and man-hours to make the electrodes (which sold for $40.90) than to fill out the forms. When he thought of the man-hours spent by his customer...

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