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  • Writer's pictureSteven Heller

An Offer You Cannot Refuse

The Businessman’s Record Club of Chicago was sponsored by the National Communications Corp., Chicago, and claimed to have 5,000 active subscribers. The recorded speeches of experts were ground out at gatherings in the fields of insurance, manufacturing real estate, auto sales, food, printing and publishing. The album covers had this aura of faux Modernism with a touch of the kitsch and a dab of bad typography as a seasoning. But if you wanted to be a good seller of things—a salesman par excellence—this was the wellspring of inspiration, even if the grammar wasn’t always the goodest.

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