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Scrap iron essential during war effort

by Wilbur Bush, local historian

In the 1940s, the Great Depression was winding down, but another foe had reared up, namely World War II. This war caused a strong demand for tanks, airplanes, bombs, and other war equipment. To meet this demand, metal and other materials such as waste paper, old rags, and rubber were needed.

Many small steel factories had slowed down or had to shut down because of

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