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No Springs: 1942

No Springs: 1942

February 1942. "Conversion. Copper and brass processing. Weighing brass scrap. The war program calls for the use of such vast amounts of brass and copper, among other metals, that all available scrap must be utilized. Here a truckload of brass trimmings from a sheet mill is being weighed. From here it will go to the casting shop, where it will be remelted and cast again into billets. Chase Brass and Copper Company, Euclid, Ohio." 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Cast into billets?

A "billet" is a letter or soldiers' quarters, neither of which are ordinarily made of copper and brass. Is there another definition for "billets?" Or is that a typo for "bullets?"

[A billet is a metal slug. - Dave]

Billet — A semifinished‚ cogged‚ hot-rolled or continuous-cast metal product of uniform section‚ usually rectangular with radiused corners. Billets are relatively larger than bars.

Cool! Thanks for the info. Now I'll have to devise a way to casually work that into the dinner table conversation tonight.

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