October 28, 2014: This page and a number of other pages on this website have photos that show pencil sharpeners and staplers in motion to enable you to see how they work. You can see the movement if you use the Firefox browser. Unfortunately, it appears that the newest version of Internet Explorer no longer recognizes the HTML code used for these moving pictures. I do not know about other browsers.
The Early Office MuseumTM engages in research on the history and evolution of offices, antique office machines and equipment, and business technology based on original documents, artifacts, and vintage photographs.
The Museum disseminates its research findings via exhibits on this web
site. To visit the Exhibits, please click on
the preceding link or the link at the top of this page.
The Early Office Museum was
founded in 2000. Since then, the Curator has expanded and updated
this web site's content continuously and is doing so in 2013.
You can send an email to the Curator. We welcome photos and information to improve our web site. We deal in historical
information and are not able to offer appraisals or information about current
market values. We do not have information on how to repair or
restore early machines or to obtain parts. We
purchase some antique office items.
We are delighted to be included in The Collector's Weekly HALL OF FAME for Best Collector Sites on the Web.
We're also incredibly thankful to our friends at the
Museum of Business History and Technology,
Getty Images for helping to support this site over the years.
More About the Museum
The Curator (seated center) and staff of three have worked like
dogs for more than 15 years to create this online museum, and all rights are
reserved. Please read the copyright notice at the bottom of the page.
Please contact the Curator to obtain permission to use the Museum's vintage photographs or to obtain high-resolution scans of those photographs.
The Early Office Museum is a web
site and does not have a collection of office items
or a building.
The Early Office Museum web site has no government funding, membership fees, ticket
sales, endowment, or grants, and employs no lobbyists.
We thank the many museums, libraries, historical societies, and private collectors that have allowed
us to use their photographs and to photograph items in their collections.