Use Your Head (With IBM)

Updated September, 2016

CVA 99-4954 - I.B.M. [International Business Machines Company store (515 West Georgia Street) at night] 1936 Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-4954 – I.B.M. [International Business Machines Company store (515 West Georgia Street) at night] 1936 Stuart Thomson photo.

This is an exterior shot of IBM’s Vancouver presence on Georgia Street in 1936. Their monosyllabic motto of the time, evidently, was ‘Think’ – which also was the name of an employee/customer magazine that published its first issue the previous year. Also in 1935, the company marketed the first commercially successful electric typewriter (and it would continue to sell them until 1990). One of the portraits on the wall (flanking THINK) is undoubtedly of Thomas J. Watson (CEO, 1914-1956); the other may be of Charles Ranlett Flint, who consolidated four other smaller companies into Computing-Tabulating-Recording company (CTR), which was renamed International Business Machines in 1924. IBM’s Vancouver presence was apparently that of a branch office; the site of the Canadian factory and head office was Toronto.

I’ve had help from a reader of VAIW, recently (see comment), who recognized his Dad and a couple of other local IBM sales and service gents in the photo shown below. The commenter’s father was the local head of the International Time Recorder division. In case you are curious (as I was) about what that division was responsible for, see this link.

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CVA 99-4785 – I.B.M. personnel. 1935. Stuart Thomson photo. The fellow sitting at the desk (in the corner) is Bob Nelles, manager of the EAM (Electronic Accounting Machines) division; Ferris Stricker, manager of the International Time Recorder division is the next person (moving clockwise and sitting under “Be of the TIMBER that produces PLANKS); the gent next to him is unknown to me; Harry Kitely, service manager, is seated on the right at front (sitting under the sign that reads “Turn plans into planks!”)

 

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3 Responses to Use Your Head (With IBM)

  1. Ron Stricker 604-275-9566 says:

    My dad Ferris Stricker is in one of the photos third from right. He was manager of the international time recorder division I know the address was 515 w Georgia st Vancouver and I was in the building many time ps as I was born in 1937. I also recognize Bob Nellis and service manager
    Harry Kitely
    Ronstricker@shaw.ca
    Interesting

    • mdm says:

      Thanks so much for this additional information about the photo of the IBM Sales Group (also in CVA’s collection). Thanks for pointing out your Dad, Ferris Stricker. I’d appreciate it if you could also identify where in the photo Mr Nellis and Mr Kitely are seated… Thanks again for commenting.

  2. Ron Stricker 604-275-9566 says:

    Read the interesting article, that you researched, about ibms “master clock”
    My Dad Ferris Stricker sold the clocks on the VancouverCity Hall.
    So the the next time that you drive by the city hall see if the four clocks are synchronized.

    Thanks
    Ronstricker@shaw.ca

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