In January 1946, Manufacturer’s Record, whose byline was “A Publication for Executives,” published an issue dedicated to the business opportunities in Mississippi. A friend sent me this copy, and it contains a treasure-trove of information about all those mid-20th-century industrial buildings, many now vacant or under-used, dotting the Mississippi landscape.
A “MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI” dated December 5, 1945, from Gov. Thomas L. Bailey begins, “No other state in the nation today offers the inducements to private enterprises which Mississippi affords” and goes on to tout the Balance Industry With Agriculture (BAWI) program. The introductory essay, titled “Mississippi” begins,
New landmarks of progress loom in the offing for Mississippi in the heart of the enlivened South. A rising tempo of agricultural improvement and industrial expansion is being blended with bygone glories of historic importance and romantic glamor. Today its leaders are forging a distinctive pattern encompassing an integrated culture and versatile economy.
Long-form articles, heavily illustrated with photos, give in-depth information about various facets of the Mississippi economy:
- Government, Finance
In addition, the whole issue is sprinkled with advertisements from industries and cities in Mississippi. My long-term plan is to offer up some of the more interesting of these as a series, with excerpts from the various articles. Maybe then, someone will go out and start looking for these industrial sites and let us know what’s left of them after 70 years.