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The World Unified

The World Unified

As has been described, American Express followed the advancing armies of liberation, reopening in the cities they freed to supply banking services to the Army and to arrange leave tours of Europe for the G.I.s. The present large undertaking in Germany is the natural outgrowth of this policy.

Vice-President John L. Dowrick manages the difficult German operation. An American Express career man, Dowrick was a product of the first training school in 1920 and started in the Far East, where he remained until the 1930s. He was then given the important London office of American Express.

During World War II, Dowrick served with the United States Air Corps. He was mustered out in Europe and, without wasting time to come home, began opening American Express offices on the Continent. He conceived the idea for the German operation, which he has managed since its inception.

American Express operations in many countries are carried on by foreign subsidiaries in order to conform to local laws. Among them are the American Express Companies of Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, and American Express S.A.I. of Italy. The latter company is in charge of Vice-President Bernard C. Wren. Wren joined American Express in 1933 to represent the company at the Chicago World's Fair. After holding important positions in various American offices, he was appointed assistant manager in Paris in 1946. From there he went to Frankfurt to help John Dowrick. In Italy, Wren has a big job directing the rapidly expanding business of American Express.

In the minds of American Expressmen all these great activities of the Travel Department are merely a foretaste of what the future holds. They envision such mass migrations of American Travellers as would make the biggest nomadic movements of history seem picayune. This anticipated surge of travel is based not on fantastic fancies but on conservative analyses of future trends.

There are two bottlenecks in selling travel: time and money. The time element is being taken care of rapidly, and the money difficulty is being met by cheap mass transportation.

The airplane is a controlling factor in these optimistic estimates. In the five years since the war ended, air travel to Europe has made terrific strides. One hundred and thirty-five thousand Americans now fly to Europe annually.

The brief time in transit across the ocean and the rapid increase in paid vacations for workers-32,000,000 of them in 1950 - will soon put brief European tours within the reach of all. American Express intends to expedite this process with all the technical skill and imagination at its disposal.

The domestic-travel picture is equally bright. Cheap, fast transportation by streamlined all-coach trains and the inexpensive air-coach travel being introduced by some of the major airlines, as well as vastly improved bus service, will all intensify travel throughout this continent. In 1949, Americans and Canadians spent the astounding sum of £12,000,000,000 vacationing in their own countries, and every indication points to the probability that this figure will seem small by comparison with the years ahead.

Faced with such prospects and confident in its proven ability to render outstanding service to Travellers, the American Express Company stands on the threshold of its greatest era.






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Vice-President Paul W. Bradford

After 11 Rue Scribe, 6 Haymarket in London is the largest and most important American Express office abroad. From it is managed all the great business of American Express in England, which includes maintaining offices at American Air Forces bases for the convenience of our troops stationed there. Until recently it was in charge of Vice-President Paul W. Bradford.

Bradford a typical American Express career man and is slim and blond, with an engaging personality. He joined the company in 1920 and attended the first training school in San Francisco, where his initiation into the business was unexpectedly exciting. While he was a teller in the San Francisco office, a bandit attempted to hold him up. Bradford stalled for a few moments until the gunman was momentarily distracted. In that instant of inattention, Bradford leaped to the back of the office and seized a revolver. As the bandit fled through the front door, Bradford dashed out the side entrance.... see: Vice-President Paul W. Bradford


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