Secretarial work, typing pools and using the first ever photocopier in the 1950s

Views: 56517


5.00 (Rated: 230 times.)

Put great videos like this one on your own site!
You can embed this video into your own website easily by clicking on the button. A window will appear with some code in it - copy and paste that code into your own webpage and this video will play from your own pages.

More info about this story

  • Interviewee name: Jacki Rogers

  • Jacki Rogers talks about life during the 1950s training to be a secretary. She recounts her experience learning to type through 'touch type'and going on to work in a busy typing pool. She learned Pitman Shorthand and from then went on to work in her first secretarial job. In the 1950s office work was very different to how it is nowadays, there was an extremely strict protocol with bosses having their own lavoratories, dining rooms and even lifts. This all started to change in the 1960s. Jacki also talks about her experience being one of the first ever office workers to use the first photocopier, which was the size of a bus and took 10-15 minutes to produce one copy!

  • 1950s 1960s secretary typing pool photocopier protocol touch type pitman shorthand

1 Comment so far

from Jennie Walters 02nd Apr 2014, 10:06

Hi there, Jacki I'm fascinated by these interviews as I'm currently planning a book set in London of the 40s and 50s. Would you be willing to talk to me further about your memories? I live in London but could travel anywhere to meet you. Let me know if you'd be interested. You can contact me via my website,, or my email address is jenphil at Thanks so much for sharing your past with us!