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Executive Suite: 1955

Executive Suite: 1955

January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson Co., Rutherford, New Jersey. Mr. Becton's office. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Anyone got a match? Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Magazine on the right

with the cacti is Arizona Highways, January 1955. Arizona Highways is published by the State of Arizona Department of Transportation. They have a pretty good production value for a government program.

Except for the desk

It looks just like the teacher's lounge in my high school in 1960.


Just looking at the furniture pains my posterior.

Re: Advance Copy

Why do the January 24th and May 16th copies of Aviation Week have the same cover? Am I missing something?

[The covers are ads. - Dave]

Lot of ashtrays for one room

I see four. Now you won't find a single ashtray in the entire building, let alone one room.

There's probably more on the other side of the room. Such a fundamental change. Back then, not finding an ashtray (whether you smoked or not) would have seemed out of place. Now, finding one is the out-of-place artifact.


They have upgraded their Western Electric telephone to the 500 series; these were bakelite plastic and were used from the early 1950's to the 1980's, with many still in use.

Lofty Topic

"Aviation Week" set out for visitors to read; Hank Becton, son of one of the founders, was a licensed private pilot, and occasionally flew to inspect potential factory expansion locations.

Advance copy

Seems to be the May 16, 1955 copy of Aviation Week on the table.

[Actually it's the January 24 issue. - Dave]

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