The Songs of IBM. Wait–What?

Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for companies to encourage their employees to sing company songs.  For example, Labatt used to issue a booklet of official drinking songs to its workers. Around the same time, International Business Machines–or “The IBM”–offered the same services.

Ars Technica points to the official IBM songbook issued in 1937 that was designed to boost morale, increase fellowship and basically lead the employees down the road of propagandist cheerleading.

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