Whistle While You Work - WWII Production
This is an article about the connection between music and factory production during WWII.
From the article:
MUSIC, with its power to relieve monotony and
reduce fatigue, is helping workers to set wartime
production records. In thousands of plants
workers have a daily accompaniment of tuneful
melodies brought to them over loudspeaker systems
while they are at their tasks.
Plants where musical programs are broadcast to
working employees are estimated to number more
than 5,000, ranging from laundries and bakeries to
arsenals and shipyards; from textile mills and tobacco
factories to airplane and tank plants. Even
a battleship, evidently, can be built more efficiently
to music, for production records were established
in the construction of the new 35,000-ton Alabama,
during which workers on the job heard six concerts
daily from phonograph records played through an amplifying system.
Successful use of music is by no means confined
to war plants. Music and work have formed a partnership that apparently is here to stay.
In a San
Francisco experiment, music was broadcast ton all floors of a large office building. Employers and employees alike said music helped them work more
smoothly and efficiently.
Several hospital operating rooms are wired for
music, and reports are that surgeons and attendants
do better and smoother work and the patients are
soothed as well.
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