TIN: The Last Shortage

From the War Production Board last week came an alarmed report: U.S. stocks and importations of tin are so low that they may be nonexistent by the end of 1946. Since tin is vital to a host of industries, this might hobble reconversion. So WPB intends to keep a tight control over tin until large-scale importations from the Far East are resumed.

In its report, WPB explained that on last July 1 the U.S. had a total tin stockpile of only 95,572 tons. (1944 consumption: 89,500 tons.) During the first six months of 1945, tin was disappearing at "an...

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