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Archive of Pepsi-Cola: A Recorded Message from Your Man in Service

Discussion in 'Other Militaria' started by Dutchsteammachine, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Dutchsteammachine

    Dutchsteammachine Member

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    "During World War II, Pepsi-Cola set up recording booths around the U.S. so that service members could send messages home to their loved ones."

    Such a record read:
    This is a recored message from your Man in Service

    Dear Friend:
    Just this minute completed recording the voice of your Man in Service.
    You will be happy to know that he is thinking of you and greatly enjoyed sending you this personal message.
    It gives us great pleasure to send you this record with our compliments.
    Cordially,
    Pepsi-Cola
    Records By The Recording Corp. 395 Broadway, N.Y.C. 13, N.Y.

    "Pepsi-Cola Company operated three canteens or centers around the country: one in New York City’s Times Square, one in Washington, DC and one in San Francisco, CA.

    The centers provided shaves, showers, checking, a lounge, and reading and writing facilities, all at no cost to service men and women. They also offered a low cost sandwich bar with free Pepsi and a central place to leave and receive messages. Pepsi-Cola branded records were sent in the mail to the servicemen’s family in hopes of giving them comfort while their loved one was at war."


    I am curious to know if there are any U.S archives that try to preserve, archive and make available these recordings on a large scale? If there is not, there should be...


    I am currently setting up my capability to play back and digitize 78rpm shellac records for the public. Just because I think shellac recordings and their music are so neat. Of course with a modern record cartridge and special 78rpm stylus, only using 2-4 grams of tracking weight.

    So I should easily be able to digitize Pepsi-Cola recordings, it would certainly be a worthwhile extension of my equipment! In order to build a comprehensive public archive of them online. Possibly locate the families they were meant for.

    Do you think such an archive could be significant when it comes to cultural, WW2 history/research and would be all-around important to preserve these moments in time? Or is it undignified towards those people and their families.

    Trying to gauge interest and opinions for such a project.
     
  2. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Have you spoken with Pepsi?
     
  3. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    I think it's a great idea...previous projects with a similar goal have always added an extra dimension. Providing another "sense" record can only be a good thing. Good on Pepsi also, what a great way to contribute (although i'm sure there was a degree of competing with Coca Cola in this too).
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    The National Archives is collection oral histories from WW2 veterans last I heard.
     
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