April 8, 1942

Will Last for Duration of War
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) announced yesterday that production of most durable consumer goods will be banned no later than May 32. WPB chairman Donald M. Nelson made the announcement, stating the ban will remain in effect for the duration of the war. The ban specifically prohibits the use of steel and iron in the production of dozens of common items. The ban also extends to the use of other metals and plastics that may have been considered as substitutes. Another new order issued at the same time is a stop-order on all non-defense construction projects. Nelson told the press conference that these bans are akin to “…the winning of a major battle.” He went on to assure that the civilian economy would be “sound, but lean” after the implementation of the bans.

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