At work, at desk, through the years
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Let's take a look at work, at desks, through the years, and how they vary:
In the first photo, note that there are desks, but all the men are standing at the desks.
Above, on right, Paul Kinnick (Bill Smith's grandfather), clerk, works in a bank in Coon Rapids, Iowa, in the early 1920s.
Move ahead to summer, 1957:
Here Roger Keck, President of Keck Motor Service, in Des Moines, Iowa, works with his secretary. Bill Smith worked here in the summer before going off to college.
After college, the Air Force offered a desk job to get Bill's career under way:
Above, Bill works at his military issue desk (similar to one in his professor office in 2004!) in a mobile van, near the radar van. He was with the Strategic Air Command (SAC), Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron in Winslow, Arizona, and later in St. George, Utah, with this unit (1961-64).
In 1976, Bill Smith, and his wife, Nancy, started their own business.
Here, in probably late 1977, Bill is at his desk, in back, and Nancy, is at her desk, in front, with the Comprehensive Business Services "boxes" - where all the work is!
A couple years later, new technology began to help out!
Here, Nancy is working on our new "Datapoint" machine, a "dumb" computer.
She would input the data on the Datapoint, then data was transmitted in a batch via modem (see under the phone) to the mainframe in Aurora, IL, for processing. They then sent the reports for our clients back via mail. Neat picture on the wall, also!
Later, we moved to Tucson, and started another Comprehensive office:
Bill at his desk in Tucson. No computer in here yet, doing
tax returns, as I recall.
Here is Annette's professor office in Toledo, I believe. Not the MacIntosch.
Here Nancy is at her desk/workstation, at home, it appears, in Tucson, about 1990
She has a TV/VCR and MacIntosch to work with, including an early mouse....
We could go on, but this will do for now!! Comments welcomed.
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