Is my invention for disintegrating army tanks at several hundred yards any good? What is the best adhesive to use in laminating leather to glass when the product is to be used in a warm, humid climate? What technical reports are available on the refractive indices of transparent plastics? These particular queries, as far as I know, are imaginary, but they serve to illustrate the kinds of questions to which J. Horace Taxpayer can obtain answers from the Office of Technical Services (OTS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before discussing these services separately, let us look briefly at the genealogy and present organization of the OTS.

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