BUSINESS MACHINES – A CAREER (Jun, 1937)

BUSINESS MACHINES – A CAREER

A Guest Editorial

IT IS no exaggeration to say that there is not an industry anywhere that devotes greater effort, is more concerned with furthering the fundamental purpose of invention and efficiency, than does the far-reaching, thorough-working business machines and equipment industry. Without the business equipment of today—products of skilled craftsmen, intense study and inventive genius—modern business would be impossible. Growing demands for new methods to execute new policies and administrative functions are met with amazing dexterity. A recent example is the transformation of Social Security from legislative theory into operational fact.

From mechanical pencil to electric tabulator, from paper clip to automatic billing, calculating and listing machines, the products and progress of this little-sung industry have a romance and history that to me are as great as those of any other group of modern manufacturers. Through the National Business Show, the annual educational medium by which the public is kept abreast of the industry’s products and developments, a bit of this inspirational force is transmitted to those who see beyond the typewriter keyboard, beyond the cold and silent desk-top.

An all-embracing perspective of the objectives, the energy, the ethics and the principles of the industry, its strength, its growth and the brilliance of its future, satisfies me that, as a career, no line of endeavor promises the serious thinking young man or young woman greater rewards in security, achievement and self-satisfaction.

Frank E. Tupper
President National Business Show

3 comments
  1. Jayessell says: January 24, 20111:04 pm

    Was this good advice or before its time?

    Didn’t the Nazi Death Camps use IBM punchcard machines to keep track of “guests”?

  2. Firebrand38 says: January 24, 20113:14 pm
  3. Charles R. Tupper says: December 21, 20115:31 pm

    My Grandfather also said this about workers in business in 1924:

    “In my travels I find that the ones that are going ahead most rapidly and really making success are those who have that organizational spirit, where they take it upon themselves to be the Company they represent no matter how important their positions are, they know that they are a cog in the wheel and are looked to as part of that organization.” Frank Edwin Tupper, April 1924

    Where are those with the “organizational spirit” today? Today it’s a “me spirit” … sad but so true.

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