np: International Business Machines, nd. 8vo, 25 pp, saddle-stapled wraps. Offset litho.
A collection of songs gathered together for employees of IBM. The book includes March on With the IBM by Vittorio Giannini, Hail to the IBM by Fred W. Tappe and Giannini, "Ever Onward" (aka the IBM rally song) and the "IBM School Song", the "IBM Country Club Song" and others, interspersed with traditional patriotic and religious songs.
The IBM songbook, and the body of songs which make it up, was the inspiration of the founder, Thomas Watson, Sr., against the background of the Great Depression - the first iteration of the songbook was published in 1927. This example is undated, without date or imprint information; the rear wrap bears the phrase "Form No. 20-8798-0-10m-10-51-P", and "Litho in U. S. A.". This is perhaps from the late 30's or 40's, given the typography and feel of the paper. An explanatory note to "Hail to the IBM" explains the genesis of the song in 1938, , but we believe this printing to predate the 1941 edition, which had more than twice the pages.
A fascinating artifact of 20th century corporate culture.
Near fine with minor toning to extremities, and the wrap slightly pulling away from the top staple.
Rare. OCLC. Item #24166