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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Office Outfitters: 1917

Office Outfitters: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Andrews Paper Co. employees." I wonder which one was the Dwight-equivalent. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Equivalents

From left to right:

Dwight, Creed, Pam, Jim and Michael. That was easy!

Irony of an Office

The person who probably knows the most about what goes on in their office and who does the most to keep it running smoothly is the one in the middle.

And she is probably the lowest paid too.

Tailor Made

Imagine if Staples had their staff dress like that.

Dwight Who?

Just who the devil is this Dwight anyway, and why must anyone aspire to be his equivalent?

On another note, for what it's worth, I think the gentleman on the far left is wearing the most modern-looking shirt collar of the group. The man next to him, and the one who is arm-in-arm with the lady appear to have the best-fitting pants.

Where's the photographer?

I was expecting to see the photographer's image reflected in the window but can't find it. Should be about where the lady's head is. Did he use her to hide himself?

Cuff line-up

Wonder which pants leg length was most in style that year?

Left to right:

Dwight, Creed, Pam, Jim, Andy.

"IF IT'S MADE OF PAPER WE HAVE IT"

Now aren't I just the smart one!

Buttoned up

Aren't those spats the lady is wearing?! It's hard to say which one is Dwight.

Dwight-like

I'd vote for the gent on the far left, just from his stance. While in college I worked at Marston's, an once elegant downtown San Diego department store which had little opaque glass skylights in the sidewalks like those pictured. The book department was directly below them in the basement and the skylights leaked badly in rainy weather, necessitating an elaborate system of plastic drop cloths and drainage gutters to protect the easily ruined inventory below. In 1967 the 1912 Marston's buildings were demolished upon the store's relocation to the then new Fashion Valley Mall, after being sold to The Broadway chain of stores.

Arm in arm

and touching toes. The couple in the middle are in love.

 
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