Jubilee Time Travel

 

As we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it’s amazing to realise that we have been living in the new Elizabethan Age for 70 years.  That’s a long time for anyone to hold down the same job role!

Businesses in 2022 couldn’t imagine functioning without computers and the internet, but maybe you will appreciate your technology more when you consider the landscape when Elizabeth became our queen in 1952.

Some mainframe computers did exist back then, but the majority of companies would administer their business using decidedly low-tech solutions:

  • Manual typewriters with copies made using carbon paper
  • Filing cabinets
  • Desk diaries
  • Landline telephones, post and telegrammes for communication
  • Rolodexes and directories to look up contacts
  • Presumably a trip to the library if you needed to investigate any information.

Working in a pre-technological age is beyond the experience of the majority of today’s workforce so the best source of glimpses into office life in 1952 is through the movies and television.  You may catch sight of typing pools in contemporary films such as “I’m Alright Jack” but the best depictions of the 1950s turn up in drama series where the past is lovingly recreated: “The Crown”, “Call the Midwife” and “Endeavour” among others.  Indeed, watching “Endeavour”, the prequel series to Inspector Morse, inspired this blog about working in an office with no computers.

Just because you now have access to superior technology (when compared to the 1950s), it doesn’t mean that you should simply put up with a poor service.  Treat your company to the IT support you should be entitled to – the technicians for Royal Tunbridge Wells – Computer Troubleshooters!

Don’t shoot your computers, get treated like business royalty and call the Computer Troubleshooters.