I once was a secretary.
Perhaps I should say I've been many secretaries...insurance secretary, medical secretary,
art studio/advertising agency secretary in the private sector.
I then worked in the public sector, state government human resources offices, and eventually a state psychiatric hospital. Suddenly my title changed, I became an administrative assistant. The term secretary became old-fashioned, seemingly around the same time typewriters and steno pads were ousted by
Dictaphones and computers.
The secretary as a desk seems to have lived a much longer
life, and it has a very interesting history......read
This week I took a little time to change some
of the bits displayed on the secretary's doors.
When I purchased this antique piece from
SuzAnna's Antiques several years ago
it was already painted, all I did was make the
padded bulletin boards for the doors, attached
with Velcro they have become quite useful.
The secretary lives in my guest room. Sometimes I sit
here with my sleek silver laptop, often reminiscing about
the old days tapping away on a bulky black typewriter.
I completed a two year advanced secretarial course at an
English technical college, learning to type on a manual,
and flipping the lined pages of the steno pad as I
learned Pitman shorthand.
Later, working my first job at a British insurance company,
I still used a behemoth manual.....then,
moving to Washington, D.C., in my first job I learned
to use what was the amazing IBM Selectric typewriter.
How times have changed......and where on earth have those
fifty plus years gone.
What equipment did you learn to type on?
I just know some of you are young enough to have never
actually used a typewriter!