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1936 Company Banquet Menu, Program and Song Sheet
The programs for most office parties and banquets usually a pretty straightforward list of the events, the speakers and the name of the band or entertainer. It seems like the gang at Bliley's in 1936 were a pretty lively bunch who really enjoyed their work and wanted to memorialize it in song. From the song's subheadings, I assume each of the four production groups would sing the chorus with their group title. With a footnote on the back page--"Notice: In case of fire, walk, don't stagger to the nearest exit."--It seems like some heavy drinking was anticipated. Many of the chorus were probably intoxicated.
If you read between the lines, you will note the subtle references to the working conditions where work was done to time or proficiency standards, and conditions were pretty dirty and defects perhaps a bit higher than desired. Today's Occupational Safety and Health Administration would cringe at what was described in this song and demand an immediate inspection. For a look at a slightly sanitized working conditions in 1935, take a virtual tour online.
I think it should be noted that over half of the production and management staff in 1936 achieved an average tenure of more than 25 years before retiring or leaving the company. Good times like this banquet and a fair management team kept them together for so long.
Enjoy reading the program, and maybe singing aloud the keynote song!
Songs a La Departmentalle
Tune -"Home on the Range"
Volume - QSA 5 - R9