Looking through files on my Mac today and came across this poster that I put together a few years ago. I found an abandoned book titled “secretarial procedures and administration” that was both funny and surprising. The first thing that comes to mind is the idea of artifact. Merriam-Webster defines and artifact as something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend, or individual. The language used is clearly representative of a different time and place in American business, specifically referring to secretaries as her and she. In addition, the photography identifies the secretary in a subservient position to the male executive.
Relics like this are fantastic reminders of where we came from, and offer some insight into the opinions and habits of those that came before us.