Working girls in a New York office in 1910

No, not that kind of working girl. These are the young women who spent their days as clerks more than 100 years ago, filling out forms and filing papers in the new office culture of the 20th century.

Metlifepostcard

They sit at desks instead of cubicles, rely on pens and paper rather than computers, and wear the same tidy outfit and hairstyle. They don’t appear much different than the office workers of today.

This image comes from a postcard of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company actuary office. Perhaps it’s a floor in the lovely tower on 23rd Street that still stands today.

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6 Responses to “Working girls in a New York office in 1910”

  1. notmsparker Says:

    Reblogged this on KREUZBERG´D and commented:
    Meanwhile in New York…

  2. Joe R Says:

    With windows on three sides of this room it seems a little narrow to be the Met Life Tower. Nice picture anyway.

  3. Lady G. Says:

    Cool. Lovely painting. They all look like office Gibson girls.

  4. carolegill Says:

    Fabulous painting.
    just thinking, pretty much the same–just PA’s now. :D

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