Feel-Good Friday

Since I dedicated Friday to Christmas, I still wanted to post a Feel-Good Friday story; this one courtesy of Mike AKA Proof. It’s an old story going way back to World War II, but it’s worth your time.

Intended to lift troop morale, the 40-inch-tall Victory Verticals were identified by their military colors (olive drab, blue and gray), absence of front legs (deemed too delicate for the battlefield), and durable shipping crates. About 2,500 of the verticals were transported to every theater of war, including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and the South Pacific. They were played by a dance band in the Philippines, a special service unit in Alaska, and by performers from Bob Hope to violinist Isaac Stern as they toured on behalf of the United Service Organizations (USO).

Late in 1941, Theodore E. Steinway, the company’s fourth president, received a request from the U.S. government’s War Production Board for heavy-duty military pianos. Theodore had four sons serving in the military along with several of their cousins, and he recognized music’s potential for boosting troop morale. By June 1942, the first prototypes were prepared for government inspection. (H/TMike AKA Proof)

If you have a moment, read the article at the link. It’s a terrific story.

5 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. Cool story. I think we might have had one at my school when I was a kid. After reading this I remember a bullet proof piano with handles built in. Although could have just been something built for children’s use from this pattern.

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  2. Ingineer – You may have had one. I c can’t imagine they left them in theater after the war.

    Cathy – My mom played piano as well. She was very good.

    Mike AKA Proof – But it most certainly improved morale.

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