Telex and Copying Machines Operator
Ann reached her office by walking along a series of winding passages, a bit ‘spooky’ she found. Later she was joined by two other typists from the Production Control Department. One of these was Margaret Forran, a very lively young lady! Ann found that socializing within the Company was very satisfying. She sold poppies around the works and participated in the Christmas Party preparations.
Ann describes a working day. One of her duties was operating the Telex machine, which she describes. Another duty was using the Copying machine where incoming correspondence was copied on to a number of different coloured sheets. The colour indicated which department was to receive it. She typed letter and quotations but in quiet times typed her personal letters and even read a book positioned in an open drawer!
The office she worked in was painted pale blue and was sited adjacent to a disused railway track. Her typewriter noise seemed excessive in such a small office and changing the tape proved a very messy operation. She got on very well with the other three occupants of the office. Just as well in such a confined space.
Here Ann describes the Stationary Office and also the Filing Office where box files containing documents were stored.
She remarked:- “These boxes were piled ceiling high, covered a period of at least 25 years and I was partly responsible for their upkeep!”
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