Some readers apparently believe that Dr. Boli invents, out of his own imagination, the organizations and associations mentioned in these pages. Occasionally, in order to dispel such misconceptions, it may be necessary to cite one’s sources. The article from which this extract is taken was published during the First World War, but in every respect it fits well with the style and content of our celebrated Magazine.
After the present awful tragedy in Europe is ended and the nations of the world have taken an inventory of the losses of war, not measured by material standards of value, but in terms of blood, suffering and sorrow, of wounds that can never heal, the nations of the earth may decide that war shall end and, in the words of Robert Burns,
“Man to man the world o’er,
Shall brithers be for a’ that.”
While the rivers of Europe run red with the blood of the best and the bravest of the sons of earth, it requires imagination and faith to visualize such a picture today.
If that day shall come, the history of the future will be the record of peaceful industry and the men whose names will be held in honor and loving remembrance will be those whose lives have been helpful to mankind, and who, out of the strain and stress of today, have made possible a better tomorrow; and the men who have been connected with our industry will have done their part in this work and the record of their work ought to be preserved.
What would be more interesting or inspiring to us of today and to the men of the future than the record of the work of the men who laid the foundations of our industry? The inscription on the new Post Office building in Washington well describes the mission of the envelope:
“Carrier of news and knowledge,
Instrument of trade and industry,
Promoter of mutual acquaintance,
Of peace and good will among men and nations.
“Messenger of sympathy and love,
Servant of parted friends,
Consoler of the lonely,
Bond of the scattered family,
Enlarger of the common life.”
We ought to feel honored to have a part in the production of such a messenger of good will among men.
A Museum of the Envelope Industry.
Not only should the story of the work of the pioneers be preserved, but so far as possible examples of their handiwork should also be preserved; and with that end in view we are having erected in connection with the Logan, Swift & Brigham Envelope Co. Division, at Worcester, Mass., a building in which a room is to be set apart for a museum in which, so far as we are able, will be collected as many as possible of the old types of envelope machines which have served their day and have taken their places among the honored “has beens” of the envelope industry.
I have been able to secure photographs of many of the pioneer inventors and manufacturers in our industry, and while the record cannot be complete, it is my hope with the co-operation of the other members of our craft to make the record as complete as possible. Photographs have also been secured of some of the earlier types of envelope machines, which have gone the way of all the works of man. Some eight years ago, before they were packed up and taken to the basement of the Patent office, I had photographs taken of all the envelope machine models in the Patent office at Washington, D. C. These photographs of both men, machinery and models it is our intention to have reproduced in enlarged form to adorn the walls of this museum which will be a “Hall of Fame” for the pioneers of the envelope industry.