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Open Office: 1955

Open Office: 1955

January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson, Rutherford, New Jersey. Mr. Becton's office. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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Cork floor tile?

We had cork floor tile in many areas of my childhood home; that's what this looks like. Very popular in those days, would cost a fortune today! Warm, soft and quiet underfoot, very low maintenance and durable. My mother loved it!

Please Don't Eat the Dracaenas

Marvelous cantilevered planters. I guess you can slide up one of those chairs, lean over, and munch away.

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"Don't call me Chief!"

Those vertical plastic panels were used in Perry White's office on the old "Adventures of Superman" TV show.

From the color era of that show, we see that the panels were blue-green.


You would use Dickinson, the last name, with Mr.

[But not in a case such as this, when the office is that of Mr. Henry P. Becton. -tterrace]

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