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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IBM’s 1937 corporate songbook is something of a hoot

A bit of IBM history: "For thirty-seven years," reads the opening passage in the book, "the gatherings and conventions of our IBM workers have expressed in happy songs the fine spirit of loyal cooperation and good fellowship which has promoted the signal success of our great IBM Corporation in its truly International Service for the betterment of business and benefit to mankind."

TO THOS. J. WATSON, PRESIDENT, I. B. M. OUR INSPIRATION
Tune: "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" 

Thomas Watson is our inspiration, 
Head and soul of our splendid IBM. 
We are pledged to him throughout all nations, 
He’s our President and most beloved man. 
His great wisdom has guided each division 
In such service to all humanity 
That we all unite to make this one decision, 
None can match him or our worldwide company. 
Chorus 
T. J. Watson, we all honor you, 
You’re so big and so square and so true, 
We will follow and serve with you forever, 
All the world shall know what I. B. M. can do.

OTTO E. BRAITMAYER, VICE-PRESIDENT I. B. M. 
Tune: "Tipperary" 

We adore you, Otto Braitmayer 
Our great pioneer, 
You’re a wise and able leader. 
And you always are sincere. 
You’re our President’s right bower- 
Our Manufacturing Guiding Star,
I. B. M. will honor you forever 
Vice-President Braitmayer.

OUR I. B. M. SALESMEN 
Tune: "Jingle Bells"

I. B. M., Happy men, smiling all the way. 
Oh what fun it is to sell our products night and day. 
I. B. M., Watson men, partners of T. J. 
In his service to mankind-that’s why we are so gay.

I've pasted a few pages below, but the full version of the 1937 songbook is available as a PDF here and a plain text version of the the 1935 songbook is here - I haven't compared them but assume that they're largely (if not entirely) identical. There's a .wav version of the official IBM theme song, Ever Onward, here and more music clips here.

As an aside, my mom worked as a secretary for Tom Watson Sr. at IBM during WWII while they were making munitions - once the war was over all of the women were fired to make jobs available for the returning "boys".




More at Retronaut, Ars Technica, Business Insider and the links above.

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