Facts, Figures, May 18, 1942

> Detroit shuddered over reports that WPB was about to order all of its auto molds and dies (made of high-alloy nickel steel) turned into scrap for munitions. Worth infinitely more than their $60,000,000 valuation in terms of quick postwar conversion to car production, their destruction would ensure a post-war designer's field day (see p. 82), would turn current models into worthless antiques even more surely than wartime rationing of tires and gas.

> Detroit is already employing more men to make arms than it did to make cars. Last month's payroll: 505,000 workers. Pre-Pearl Harbor peak: 498,000 (in 1941).


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