12 vintage office supplies that will take you back to work in the 1960s

No desk was complete without a turquoise typewriter, Rolodex, intercom and lava lamp.

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Nobody loves Mondays. It's back to the grind for another week.

Well, it doesn't have to be that way. Punching the clock at an office can be fun; it can signal a new week with friends. At least that's what classic TV shows us.

If there's one thing that would have us skipping to our jobs it is vintage workplace. How boss would it be to work in a nostalgic space filled with blue steel desks and the clattering of IBM typewriters? The cubicle was not introduced until 1967 with the sale of Herman Miller's Action Office II, so the bulk of the Sixties was cubicle-free. Modern technology is wonderful, but we miss the look of old office supplies. Well, okay, we would miss spell check.

1. The Xerox 813 copy machine

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In 1963, Xerox launched the first desktop copier — as long as you did not mind a massive cube taking up half your desk. Still, it was much smaller than the ubiquitous Xerox 914, which cranked out copies at a smokin' rate of 26.4 seconds/page. Enough time to to get some coffee.

2. Dictaphone

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This beats Instant Messaging or simply yelling across the room.

3. All-Steel desks

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Your desk in the 1960s probably weighed as much as a new Fiat. We miss the bright colors.

4. Carbon paper

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Anything that didn't stain your fingertips was preferred. 

5. Rolodex

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How did one make a smartphone in the 1960s? Put this next to your phone.

6. Samsonite briefcases

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Strong enough to withstand gorilla attack.

7. Computer punch cards

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Okay, maybe we don't miss this that much.

8. Hat racks

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They don't bother to make these for hoodies nowadays.

9. Colorful typewriters

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The metal machines of the past were replaced with the pastel blue and green plastic shells of 1960s machines. The electric typewriter, especially IBM's nifty Selectric with its spherical typeball, became a fixture atop desks by the end of the decade. 

10. Intercoms

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This beats Instant Messaging or simply yelling across the room.

11. Fancy lighters

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Why get a regular ol' butane lighter when you can have a fire-breathing cannon or pistol? Note the cigarette rolling machine at the bottom of the page.

12. Nifty desk lamps (and hidden flasks)

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The lava was flowing, even in penholders. On the middle left you will also see a flask disguised as a transistor radio.

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idkwut2use 38 months ago
Still have the Rolodex and lamps. Love that typewriter. Not sure why hat racks would be rare (replaced by all-purpose wall hooks maybe...)
CDFWIFE 38 months ago
#11, I still use the rolling machine, And it is the same make LOL
cookiegirl1957 CDFWIFE 25 months ago
That's hilarious..NOT.
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