I stumbled across a fascinating little article about the role that Lectors-people who would read books and newspapers aloud in factory settings-played in keeping workers entertained throughout the day.
It reminded me of when I worked in my dad's machine shop through high-school and college. I plowed through a significant number of audiobooks while operating the CNC Machine or cleaning up the shop at the end of a long night shift.
Looks like narrators have always been out there doing the good work!
Here are some great pics/blurbs from the article...
"The readers, elected by their peers, were actually marvelous actors
and would not simply read the book but literally act out the scenes
in a dramatic fashion upon a podium set up in the middle of the factory."
"The workers would each give 25 to 50 cents of their weekly salary
to elect a fellow workman to act as “the reader” in which he would
read aloud not just only newspapers, but even classical works of
literature such as Tolstoy or Dickens."
"The lectors were forced out of the factories when what they were reading was
deemed too radical. This caused widespread strikes and work slowdowns."
Check out the full article at Rare Historical Photos here
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