Data Exclude Machinery And Equipment, And Defense Products. Source: U.S. Bureau Of The Census, Data For 1953-1960: "Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories And Orders 1947-1963", Series M3-1, Supplement 2, November 1964; For 1961-June 1968 Data: "Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, And Order", Series M3-1.1; Thereafter, Data Furnished By Monthly Releases.
This NBER data series m06064 appears on the NBER website in Chapter 6 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter06.html.
NBER Indicator: m06064
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Manufacturer's Unfilled Orders, Total, Narrow Version I for United States [M06064USM144SNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M06064USM144SNBR/, August 30, 2015.