I hope they made noble, altruistic machines as well. Although a company that only made venal, small-minded machines would surely half a niche.

Take that back – obviously the machines were intended to do Good, since the fellow thanks the assistance of a higher power for his success. The company still exists, although it’s moved. Its founder has probably moved on as well. We’d like the chance to hear how he made it. If you’re wondering how someone got a World War Bonus in 1936, well, WWI vets had been promised a bonus – starting in 1945. The Depression led many to ask if they could have the money now, if you don’t mind, and eventually bills were passed to give them the money.

FDR vetoed the bill, but his decision was overridden.