Pulitzer. Tiffany. Vanderbilt. Westinghouse. All names you may recognize but what do they have in common? They were all late 19th and early 20th century business men who were very successful, most of them making millions.
In the 1930s, as the United States and Canada were beginning the early stages of recovery from the Depression, Atlas Radio Corporation of Canada created the show Captains of Industry. The purpose of the show was to inspire people with the stories of these self-made men.
The show dramatized the lives of these men who were not just businessmen but philanthropists. The 15-minute shows highlighted the spirit of entrepreneurship each of these men possessed and the good things they did with their money. Over the course of the show, 52 Canadian and American businessmen were profiled.
See also American Trail, An American in England, Better Living Theater, Captains of Industry, Doctor Fights, Encore Theater, Men of Vision, Our Freedoms Blessings, and Science Magazine of the Air.