Monday, September 28, 2009

What Mondays used to be like

Over the summer I visited a train museum with a lot of office-type equipment in it. I don't know whether it was the lack of chocolate that day, or the really good setup in the retired train station (or ghosts!) but I had a vivid sense the whole time of the life all this tired old equipment once led.

Things would have moved slower, though the people doing those things likely didn't.

Even if you were running around or tapping furiously on keys, though, you'd probably spend most of your talking time with the people in the same room. A lot of your other contact would be on paper.

This phone probably rang off the hook during business hours.

I wonder if you were more likely to get carpal tunnel from the crank-up phone, or the adding machines and typewriter?

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