As long-time blog readers know (heck, we’ve only been around 15 months, but it seems like a lifetime to most of you, no doubt), the NAM had a weekly TV show in the 50’s called, “Industry on Parade“. It was billed as “a pictorial reviews of events in business and industry.” Anyone of a certain vintage remembers it well. It was the 50’s version of “Cool Stuff Being Made“, showing each week — in black and white, of course — a few products being made. It was an enormously popular show.
We have acquired a bunch of the old shows from the Smithsonian, where they now reside. They are way cool, and some are pretty funny. All have the soaring music at the front, the all-too-serious (if not urgent-sounding) narrator and the tacky soundtrack that never stops. It’s very kitschy, very retro, and very fun. We’ve posted a few before on Saturday. We always said it was the marriage of the Saturday video and the former Wednesday Poster of the Week. (We kinda ran out of posters, by the way. Only had so many).
So here’s a 6-minute video of the Westfield (Mass.) Manufacturing Company, makers of the Columbia bicycle, “bringing health and pleasure to millions of Americans.” Indeed. Click here to feel the vintage manufacturing vibe.
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