This week the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Houston Chapter donated their papers to the Woodson. It’s a wonderful collection that features their journal Strikeovers, the national magazine, scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings, and other items. While this might not seem like a collection filled with technology, it actually is. Both Strikovers and Today’s Secretary are filled with ads for the latest gadgets that might improve the work life of an administrative professional.
The ad below comes from the Dictation Disc Company, which provided records for secretaries-in-training to practice shorthand. Perky Emily loves the records so much that she’s spending more time doing shorthand than dating Charlie Kapanski. Poor Charlie!
The secretaries of yore didn’t do shorthand all the time. They also knew how to party.