As our research of Tom Watson Sr. enters the year 1944, we have updated the information of "firsts" for the women of IBM.
World War II was raging in full in Europe and Asia. U.S and Canadian IBM men and women were putting their lives on the line in both arenas and their spouses and children were doing their best to support them in the conflict back home.
This is the third in a series of reviews of Ray Stannard Baker's "Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters." Of the eight-volume biography of the former President of the United States, we have now read and reviewed three volumes:
Here is a short excerpt from one overseas review a year after it was released:
“Books of the Day,” J. A. Hobson, The Manchester Guardian, August 26, 1938
In 1943, Thomas J. Watson Sr. and IBM ran well over 1,000 war-bond advertisements across the United States encouraging Americans to buy bonds to support the World War II war effort. This does not include an additional set of war-bond campaign advertisements that also ran across Canada.
Select the image or the following link to read about these war-bond campaigns and the timing of their release: [IBM's War-Bond Advertisements Campaign].
These are a few insights from Woodrow Wilson or about him by Ray Stannard Baker. Baker was Woodrow Wilson's biographer with complete, unhindered access to the former President's personal papers. These are from the the volume entitled: Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters - "Facing War 1915-1917."
Ray Stannard Baker on "The Emotions and Sympathies Aroused by the War"
"Wilson's great power--and he knew it well--was in speaking to the people. Strange gift for the kind of man he really was: the scholar and thinker, intellectually sensitive and discriminating, hesitant in individual human contacts, he had yet a potent gift of popular leadership. He could be more intimate and confidential with five thousand people than with one.
"His genius had in it far more of the gift of the poet and the prophet than that of the politician."
Ray Stannard Baker on "Campaign and Election 1916"
Ray Stannard Baker is right up with with Ida M. Tarbell as one of my favorite, all-time writers and journalists.
Peter E. Greulich
This page has a few quotes that readers probably haven't seen anywhere else. These quotes are documented with (1) the individual who said or wrote the memorable phrase and (2) the source to ensure accuracy and authenticity.
Two quotes are included here. Follow the link or select the image to read more.
"Wealth can no more be safely created and permanently held by the mere shuffling of securities, than character can be created by shuffling cards."
Wanamaker's Golden Jubilee, 1911
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.