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Desk Set: 1955

Desk Set: 1955

January 25, 1955. "Becton Dickinson Inc., Rutherford, New Jersey. Entrance toward double secretarial desk. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Welcome to the cubist man-trap known as Executive Reception, where Miss Stellwagon presides over the Secretarial Lair. Please have a seat and we'll be right with you. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


Movie connections

I spy two: The main caption is obvious, the tie-in to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is way more obscure.

The planter

Always a staple in an otherwise bland environment.

[A little Dieffenbachia sap mixed in with the office coffee has been known to work wonders. - Dave]

Disappearing Typewriter Trick

If you take a look at this picture, you'll see that the typewriter and shelf can disappear into the desk, allowing the cubby door to shut, thus freeing her from her self-imposed prison.

Re: Trapped

Her chair is placed over a pneumatic tube. When she wants to leave, she presses a button and is whooshed to a new location.


I still can't understand how the typist escapes her area.

[She hits Backspace and then Return. Or maybe she puts herself in the Out tray. - Dave]

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