Nicholas F. Pensiero papers1904-1984 Majority of material found within 1974-1984
- Majority of material found within 1974-1984
- Pensiero, Nicholas F., 1918-2003 (Person)
- Radio Corporation of America. RCA Victor Division (Organization)
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Pensiero received a bachelor's degree in business from La Salle College, where he later worked as an instructor. After serving in World War II, he worked in the RCA Marketing Division for thirteen years, then for the Philco Corporation, before returning to RCA in the early 1960s.
He was director of public affairs and marketing for the RCA Government Division at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Public Affairs and Marketing Department was primarily responsible for publicizing RCA's accomplishments and keeping management informed about relevant press coverage. It was also responsible for internal communications. Pensiero retired in 1984.
He died at Mount Laurel, New Jersey, on February 26, 2003.
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Of particular interest are two copies of memoirs: those of Raymond E. Sooy (1880-1938), a sound engineer with the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1903 to 1931, and Robert W. Wythes (1890-1989), covering the years 1905 to 1928. Also present are other papers and notes on the history of RCA, the Victor Talking Machine Company and the “His Master’s Voice” trademark, biographical notes on Dr. Irving Wolff (1894-1982), a single issue of the Scanner, an engineering employees’ magazine from 1928, and two early annual reports of the American Graphophone Company.
The contents of a disbound advertising scrapbook from 1938 to 1942 include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, company periodicals, and advertisements for radios and other RCA products. Of particular interest are pieces dealing with the marketing of RCA products in Latin America and Iraq, as well as a booklet of World War II propaganda cartoons in Arabic with caricatures of Hitler, Mussolini, Göring, and Goebbels that was apparently intended to create anti-Axis sentiment in the Arab world. There is also a collection of representative paper dust jackets for 78 rpm records, many with intricate designs, dating from circa 1912 to 1938.
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