Steph Posted December 22, 2008 Report Share Posted December 22, 2008 Here's what appears to be a "press release" type article dated Jan. 28, 1941 about Berry Pink from when he was in the middle of building his empire. Interesting to see something from relatively early on. Subject to hype perhaps but still fresh. Still very close to the early events of his career as they were happening. He would have been about 40. The start of the Marble King company was still 8 years away at this time. (click to enlarge) (source) It's hard to read so I've done my best to transcribe it. Not sure I have it all right. Succeeds in Turning Refuse Into Gold Mine Four years ago an American named Berry Pink took the after- noon off from his work and strolled disconsolately through the city. He was fed up with his work and was trying desperately to think of some- thing new to do. As he walked he noticed refuse, . . . . . . . <---- did I read that correctly? and idly stood and watched while they tipped the rubbish into a cart. He was suprprised to see how many . . . . . . . <---- ? dirty old milk bottles and fragments . . . . . . . <---- ? of broken glass tumbled into the cart and although he soon resumed his walk, the germ of an idea had entered his head. There must be some use to which all the wasted broken and used glass in American could be put. And then he remembered a game he had played in his youth, and, in a flash the idea came to him--marbles-- that was the solution. Now, Berry Pink was what the Americans call a go-getter. Once started on an idea he saw it through . . . . . . . <---- ? --and with a vengeance! In a short while he had established a factory and was busy buying up all the old bottles, cold-cream jars and bits of glass he could lay his hands on, and converting them all into marbles. He also instituted a campaign to . . . . . . . <---- ? make America thoroughly "marble- conscious"--and he succeeded be- yond his wildest dreams. Today Berry Pink is known all over America as "The Marbles King" and, thanks to his efforts, more than 5,000,000 people in the U. S. play the game. The work he was fed up with might have been the one where he was jobbering Peltiers at Rosenthal. I wonder if the piece did come from Berry Pink Industries as part of the their PR or if it was written by someone on the outside. " In a short while he had established a factory and was busy buying up all the old bottles, cold-cream jars and bits of glass he could lay his hands on, and converting them all into marbles. " That sounds as if it says that Berry Pink actually made marbles himself in the late 30's. Is it possible? Is the location of his factory known? Whether it was simply a recycling plant or actually a marble factory, where would it have been? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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