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February 1942: "Conservation of durable goods in wartime. Is it the news or is it indigestion? Whatever it is, this gentleman's mood is playing havoc with the electric cord. Don't try to disconnect a cord by tugging at it; dislodge it gently but firmly at the wall socket." View full size. Photograph by Ann Rosener for the Office of Emergency Management.