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Here is an exceedingly rare documentary on the Friden Calculator Company, brought to you by The Museum of Trailing-Edge Technology (MoTET). It was filmed off a live "Success Story" broadcast in October 1953. "Success Story" was a series of "on-the-spot live telecasts" from selected locations in the greater San Francisco Bay area, which aired once a week on KGO-TV and was sponsored by the Richfield Corporation. The filming from a live video monitor explains the low quality of the copy. The film was then digitized from the original 16mm B&W optical/sound Kinescope film and made available here. It came in four parts, but the museum only has the middle two, totaling about 12 minutes. The first and third parts totaled about 17 minutes. The technical director was Stan Younger and its narrator Hartley Sader. The series was written and produced by Caryl Coleman and directed by Willard Davis. Enjoy!
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FRIDEN DOCUMENTARY GALLERY
This is so interesting. Thank you for preserving this American history!
Wow! It is sooooo cool this video has survived. My parents worked at and met while working that the Friden plant in San Leandro. I have been there many, many times. It is a shame this company did not survive. Due to the untimely death of Carl Friden and Miss-managed by Singer. Friden should be the Microsoft, Apple of today... I have many Friden products, including 7 STW10's and even a few of their WWII tachometers and generators. And many other Friden products. Thank You!
Carl Friden was my grandfather. My mother (Barbro Friden) wrote a paperback book about him back in the 1970's and I also have some of the original blueprints of his machines. He died in 1945 so I never knew him; I was born in the 1950's. He is interred next to my grandmother (Hildur) in Oakland California and my mother is buried in the same cemetery. Someone once told me that at one time he had more U.S. patents than any other American at that time; many dealt with military applications for the WW2 effort. Bomb guidance, etc. I always get a kick watching "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon, Fred McMurray and Shirley McClain. There are a couple of scenes where the office pool of many dozens of employees are working at their desks using Friden calculators. Quite a legacy.
"Success Story"?? Sadly, we've forgotten how to succeed at anything - with the exception of tearing society to shreds. This was a very interesting documentary. Thank you, Dr. Kavanau, for sharing this with the world.