Commercial for MCI Mail, 1983

Video of the Month from Hagley Digital Archives
Monday, May 22, 2017

This month, we're launching a new feature for the Collection and Research News called Video of the Month. This new feature will include a digitized video selected from Hagley’s vast collection of historic moving pictures about the history of business and technology.

In this inaugural post, we have a 1983 commercial for MCI Mail, one of the first commercially available e-mail services. The commercials future look of the ‘old days’ and interesting fashion forecast (shoulder pads?) make it a favorite among Hagley staff:

This video is from our MCI Communications Corporation photographs and audiovisual materials, check the digital archives for additional videos and documents about MCI Mail. For a more comprehensive overview of the MCI audiovisual collection, check out the finding aid.


Kevin Martin is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Audiovisual Collections & Digital Initiatives at Hagley Museum and Library.