Canada at War: Any Old Helmets?

The Dominion's War Assets Corp., charged with disposing of war surpluses, offered some 19,000 obsolete steel Army helmets at 49¢ each. Canadians were uninterested, even when WAC suggested that the helmets would make good flower pots, feeding bowls for pets, bird baths or hens' nests. It began to look as if the helmets would have to be junked.

Then a boy saw some of the helmets in a Vancouver store. He bought one, spread the news around. In two hours, the store's stock of helmets was gone. WAC saw the light. Last week every one of WAC's helmets had been peddled—to small...

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