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Junk Needed for War, 1942

From The Chatsworth Times
August 1942

(Men in box) "What's it good for?"
"Guns, tanks, and maybe part of a plane"

In the barnyards and gullies of farms and in the basements
and attics of homes is a lot of Junk which is doing no good
where it is, but which is needed at once to help
smash the Japs and Nazis.

Scrap iron and steel, for example.

Even in peacetime, scrap provided about 50% of the raw material for steal. It may be rusty, old "scrap" to you, but is actually refined steel–with most impurities removed, and can be quickly melted with new metal in the form of pig iron to product highest quality steel for our war machines.

The production of steel has gong up, up, UP, until today America is turning as much steel as all the rest of the world combined. But unless at least 6,000,000 additional tons of scrap steel is uncovered promptly, the full rate of production cannot be attained or increased; the necessary tanks, guns and ships cannot be produced.

The rubber situation is also critical. In spite of the recent rubber drive, there is a continuing need for large quantities of scrap rubber. Also for other waste materials and metals like brass, copper, zinc, lead and tin.

The Junk which you collect is bought by industry from scrap dealers at established, government-controlled prices.

Will you help?

First–collect all of your waste material and pile it up.

Then–sell it to a Junk dealer, give it to a charity, take it yourself to the nearest collection point, or get in touch with your Local Salvage Committee.

If you live on a farm, consult your County War Board or your farm implement dealer.

Throw YOUR scrap into the fight!

JUNK MAKES FIGHTING WEAPONS One old disc will provide scrap steel need for 210 semi-automatic light carbines. One old plow will help make one hundred 75-mm armor-piercing projectiles. One useless old tire provides as much rubber as is used in 12 gas masks. One old shovel will help make 4 hand grenades.

Lee Harrison, Chairman, Phones: 19 and 720

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