A collection of miscellaneous publications was recently transferred to the library from Hagley’s foundation archives. Transfers are always fun because it’s like opening a time capsule. You never quite know what you are going to find. In this case, the transfer contained a variety of trade catalogs and pamphlets for mid-century modern office and industrial equipment. So, let’s see how an efficient workplace of that era might have been furnished...
The Office Valet
What employee or visitor to the office would not be immediately impressed by the Office Valet system, which provides smart, modern space-saving wardrobe equipment? It’s new and advanced, with health, sanitation, and morale benefits to boot!
Thermo-Fax Microfilm Reader-Printer
Information storage and retrieval in the office is key, so did you know that a Thermo-Fax “Filmac” microfilm reader-printer saves time and money by improving work efficiency? Its simplicity makes microfilm systems more practical for workers in offices, banks, libraries, hospitals, insurance companies, accounting firms, and more!
Art Metal Office Desks
Here’s exciting news... you can free yourself from old-fashioned desk arrangements that detract from efficiency. Desks from Art Metal Construction Company set the standard in modern office décor. They are new in beauty, new in functional efficiency, and new in comfort!
Why not add more beauty and efficiency to your modern desk with a Swingline stapler? Secretaries will smile since they are available in jewel-tone decorator colors and make a beautiful accessory. And they are functional, too... you can load a Swingline blindfolded.
The Gray Audograph Dictating Machine
And don’t forget the boss. The Gray Audograph brings you instrument dictation at its finest! You can even run your office without a desk if you desire because you can talk away all your paperwork! It will simplify your labor and add much fun to your executive life.
I told you this was fun!
Max Moeller is Curator, Published Collections Department at Hagley.