MOBILIZATION: Gearing Up

The pressure and pinch of U.S. mobilization were at last beginning to make themselves felt:

Goods: The use of copper and brass in making 300 civilian products was sharply restricted. After March 1, copper may not be used to make, among other things, pots & pans, jewelry, automobile trimmings, furniture, and household electrical equipment. Civilian use of cobalt—valuable as a steel alloy for cutting tools—was cut by two-thirds. Beginning Feb. 1, every purchase of more than 25 lbs. will need Government approval. The cobalt pinch will be felt in radios, television sets, refrigerators and all enamelware household appliances; it is...

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