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A Timely Suggestion

From The American Horologist magazine, January 1942

A Timely Suggestion 
BY PRESIDENT ANDREW PARK From Horological Society of New York Bulletin

"We have read so often in the papers that there is a dire shortage of both skilled mechanics and precision machinery that we have begun to accept it as the truth." 

"Every American who has the interest of his country at heart has thought about this problem and some means to aid or help relieve the shortage in question." 

"There are roughly in the U. S. A.about 40,000 watchmakers of varying abilities and skills. It is a safe estimate that over half of them possess one or more horologists' or instrument makers' lathes, many with even more elaborate equipment. While the greater part of the watchmakers are engaged in non-defense projects, we are sure that they would be more than willing to devote at least two hours a week to their country in producing with their equipment whatever the OPM might find worth while for them to do." 

"The OPM could make a survey of the various industries to find out what small precise parts could be produced by such a process and then delegate the local Horological organization to distribute the work to these patriotic volunteers who might render their services with or without remuneration. If 20,000 watchmakers, or even half that number, make them selves available, it will mean 20,000 man hours of production a week. If a factory were to employ men of this skill and produce just what we propose they do, this fa,ctory, working on a fifty hour week, would have to employ 400 men. Considering the fact that no plant would be needed this possibility offers to the government a means for easing a shortage which definitely exists."

"This suggestion further opens the possibility of enlisting men other than horologists; men who own small bench lathes, grinders, drill presses, radio mechanics, amateur astronomers and many other intelligent skilled Americans who would only be too glad to make their abilities available to the government for no other consideration than investing in a democracy."

To watchmakers who are willing to participate in such a program we invite your correspondence, so indicating and setting forth your ideas, as we have officially presented this offer to our Government· agencies.

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