Preview of a Problem

Once again in the newspapers came a purse-stirring rash of headlines about the beautiful washers, irons, refrigerators and other aids to streamlined living that are just around the corner. But once again the spray of news evaporated. What was left: the citizenry, some time in 1944, will probably get 2,000,000 standardized, $35 electric irons, about one-third of peak production (1941); there may also be a few new refrigerators and washing machines.

Even that little blob of "essential civilian" production was a notable victory for tiny, grey Arthur D. Whiteside, chief of WPB's...

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