Pinch Year

"The important and astounding fact is that in 1944, the year in which the crescendo of war mounted to a thunderous climax, the [civilian] American consumer . . . was furnished with more goods and services than in any year since 1941."

Thus, in a glowing, rhetorical, chart-studded, 142-page report to the President, WPB Chairman Julius Albert Krug expressed his pride in U.S. wartime industry.

If burly "Cap" Krug was talking about dollar value for goods and services, his blurb was sound. But if he was talking about quality (e.g., of men's shirts, clothing), he was talking through his...

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