Photos and thoughts; Cars; 1950s; 1960s


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I took this photo earlier this year at the Telephone Museum in Maitland, FL.  Since I work in the field of computer applications, I immediately tried to find some similarities in the desktop of the early 1900s and today’s more technological work space. 

Apart from the typewriter and the Morse keypad, it was kind of a stretch to bridge the two eras and workplace tools.  Obviously, the pencils could replace even the typewriter as a means of writing messages or letters.  The Morse keypad though definitely fell into the instant messaging category although nothing like my Blackberry Curve.

The following are some terms that (perhaps stretching things a bit) could bring the two work worlds together:

Word processor, Instant messenger, Display, Attachment(s), Document, e-mail, Function Key, Hardware,

Illustrator, Network, Platform, Telecommunications, User


Circa 1940s Desktop

Circa 1940s Desktop


Written by sorrentolens

May 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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  1. Back then it was a special talent to be able to type. Typing is now widely accepted and most folks can hit a key or two. However, many young folks today suffer in the hand writing department.

    Preston Surface

    May 31, 2009 at 5:47 am

    • Way back … when I was in high school, I had to take English over summer school. It was a pretty good class – part of Yale-North Haven summer school program. In order to fill up the time, I had to take one extra subject – so I decided to take typing. Best decison I ever made. My biggest problem is that my mind goes faster than my fingers – and i lose track of what the heck I was trying to say.


      June 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

  2. This is a wonderful snap from the past! We’ve certainly come a long way, but there is still beauty in yesterday.

    Caren Libby

    June 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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