ON THE PUBLISHER and editor of a business paper, like Surplus Record, rests a responsibility to make the publication profitable to its readers and advertisers. To do this requires among other things that the editorial pages present worthwhile policies, suggestions, methods and plans which the reader or advertiser can put to work in his own business. The publication must also make contact with the live issues of the hour within its field, and must without hesitation and with courage support those positions which make for the good of the industry itself.
To discharge this responsibility, to achieve these goals, Surplus Record in this September issue presents the following editorial contents:
“WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE, MR. JONES?” Page 30. A reply to the announcement by the Secretary of Commerce that credit will not be extended to the dealers in used machine tools when they wish to purchase the government-owned surplus equipment.
“MASS PRODUCTION FROM A 50-YEAR-OLD TOOL.” Page 16. Telling how an ancient boring mill was rebuilt for mass production of a lineshaft bearing, and containing practical ideas that may apply to other rebuilding jobs.
“POSTWAR OUTLOOK FOR AMERICAN BUSINESS.” Page 22. The dark and bright sides of postwar conditions and problems, as forecast by one of America’s leading economists, should check foolish optimism and encourage initiative and enterprise.
“KEEPING MACHINE TOOLS FROM BECOMING ‘ABSENTEES’.” Page 20. How one large manufacturer handles maintenance work on machine tools and keeps them on the job, but does not hesitate to rebuild them when their production begins to drop.
“SURPLUS LAW SEEMS NEAR.” Page 25. A resume of the efforts made during fifteen months to make and pass a law to govern the disposal of surplus war property. Summarizing the situation just before the expected final writing and passage of a law.
“WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ‘AS IS’ CLAUSES?” Page 27. No one can tell how many thousands of dollars would have been saved to machinery dealers if simple interpretations of law governing “as is clauses had been observed in time to prevent costly litigation.
Other articles, and five editorial departments, all packed with news, suggestions, and “liftable” ideas, round out the contents for September.