At the Starke County History Center, a 1950’s office setting has been recreated.
There were no computers at that time, so a typical office included multiple machines. The SCHC’s office includes many with local connections. One essential of any office was a typewriter. Shown here is a standard for the time - a (non-electric) Smith-Corona typewriter . On the desk is a Burrough’s adding machine of 1940’s, donated to the museum by the Knox mayor’s office. Being able to create mailing labels was important. A label maker from Dr. DeNaut’s office is also in the exhibit. And of course, to communicate the office would have a state-of-the-art rotary dial phone...no need for an operator by the 1950’s.
While many offices were fairly plain, ours is decorated with pictures by Nora Wilson, a local artist. Stop to visit and you can find many period details.