Blind Men Make Radios (Oct, 1937)

This reminds me of a crazy Russian film I posted to YouTube a few years ago. It’s all about what appears to be an entire town complete with school, resort and television factory to cater to the blind. It all looks rather futuristic and amazing and has the feel of propaganda but I have no idea what it says because the entire film is narrated in French.

Blind Men Make Radios

THE world’s most unusual radio factory is in operation in New York City where 304 blind men build radio sets on a production scale. Every operation is performed by them, even to soldering, and it seems that these men make fewer mistakes and do a better job than workers not handicapped with a loss of sight. These men have manufactured 13,000 complete combination radio and phonograph units. The methods used are similar to those in a large auto plant. Each group does a specific job and then passes the article on to others, who complete their stage of the job. Each group has a supervisor with normal sight. After about a month’s training the production per man is about the same as that of a normal worker, and they receive salaries equal to those of persons with sight. The plant is operated by PWA.

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  1. Hirudinea says: February 19, 20139:17 am

    They would have had them make televisions, but they didn’t see the point.

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