Daily Archives: December 24, 2012

1922: Traffic Manager Marie Melchior

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From a 1922 issue of The American Magazine:

A Fleet of 150 Trucks With a Girl at the Helm

Miss Marie Melchior is traffic manager of a big fleet of motor trucks, certainly an unusual role for a woman. But consider the further fact that Miss Melchior is eighteen years old. Yet she directs the operation of one hundred and fifty motor trucks.

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1922: Artist Reuben Goldberg

Update: Text that was missing due to Google Books OCR problem has been restored and a new scan of the final page image is also in place.

Yes, the one who became famous as Rube Goldberg! And this is well before he devised his “machines.”

From a 1922 issue of The American Magazine:

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1922: NCR General Manager Jack Barringer

From a 1922 issue of The American Magazine:

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$1,250 for a Shine

But “Jack” Barringer made that shoe-blacking episode a million dollars to the National Cash Register Company, of which he is General Manager

by B. C. Forbes

What would you think of a man who would order a shoe-shine costing $1,250 of his company’s money? You would feel like calling him crazy. Yet that is exactly what a certain big executive did. And he was not crazy; for that shoe-shine did more than any other one thing to enable his company to sell more goods last year than in any pre-war year in its long history.

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