U.S. At War: The Camoufleurs

The U.S. entered upon World War II with many a war plant that needed careful defense. Among the most vulnerable were the flimsily protected airplane plants along the eastern and western coasts. They were unexpendable and immovable; their nakedness demanded some sort of wrapping. So the Corps of Engineers put to work a motley legion of industrial designers, billboard painters, crack Hollywood illusionists and serious artists.

By last week workmen were yanking the wire trees and make-believe houses off many camouflaged war plants. The makeup job had been costly: full-blown protective concealment of 37 vital plants had cost $22,319,274. Other money went...

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